Earlier this week, I woke up in the middle of the night to hear my two year old son calling out. He doesn’t have an extensive vocabulary, but I thought I could hear him saying, “Stuck! Stuck!” When I entered his room, I found him in a tangled up blanket with his head on his pillow, but his feet were falling off the bed. I put him in a more comfortable position, and he simply said, “Thank you Dada.” Then he immediately fell back to sleep.
This experience made me smile, because I was able to help in a real way. My child was “stuck,” and I could make everything better. I love the moments when I have the ability to change things or control my environment. However, I realize there will be a day when it will not be as easy to fix my son’s problems. As I look out at the world, I would love it if I could just fix the pain that I see. However, it is not always that easy.
This week in worship we are looking at the spiritual gift of Self-Control. There are so many problems that may seem overwhelming, but the Bible reminds us to start with our own hearts. We do not always have the ability to control or help others, but we can control our own actions. We are God’s children, and we can decide to let love into our hearts and share it with others.