When situations get stressful we often react differently than if we had taken a moment to consider our actions. Long-term difficult circumstances can wear us down so much that we easily give in to our weaknesses. But when we fail, when we fall, we are not the only ones who pay the price.
Music ministers are leaders and as such people look up to us. This is an added responsibility to keep our actions holy and pleasing to God. Here’s an excerpt from The Christian Musicians Devotional to help us put self-discipline and self-control in it’s proper perspective.
It’s Not Only About Us
“A person without self-control
is like a city with broken-down walls.”
The walls of cities were the main defensive weapon for the people inside. So, walls were constantly being maintained, repaired, and guarded. Being a guard of the walls or the stonemason who repaired the walls were not glamorous careers. Neither the guards nor the stone masons were typically brought before the king and awarded medals. Those kinds of public acknowledgements were reserved for the heroic deeds of knights or the especially talented craftsmen of weapons. But the entire city could fall because of one breach in the wall. One stone mason who did his job poorly or one guard who was not diligent on his watch could affect the entire population of the city.
Have you considered the effect of our self-control on the lives of the people around us? When we lose self-control in any area, our families, friends, band mates, fans, and the ministries we work with all pay a price. Conversely, when we are diligent at applying self-control, all those people reap the benefits of our stability and safety. Exercising self-control is not glamorous. It is not something most people will notice as long as we are doing it well. But the moment we lose self-control people around us definitely notice that they are wounded. Unfortunately, exercising self-control is a matter of consistent maintenance. We cannot simply decide once and for all that we will have self-discipline in any area. Instead we must treat self-discipline like the city walls. We must be constantly on our guard, looking for places that need to be repaired and maintained.
Prayer: Father, when it is time to make a decision about exercising self-control, remind me about everyone that decision affects. Give me the strength to exercise self-control.
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