Have you ever bought something on impulse? Overreacted in the heat of the moment? Said something you shouldn’t have? Volunteered without thinking it through?
I’m guilty on all counts. In fact, the one and only time I went shopping on eBay I paid far too much for a purchase I haven’t used to this day. I got caught up in the excitement of bidding, and didn’t think before I spent. As a result, I’ve got a vintage briefcase from the 1930s that makes a fine paperweight.
Disaster’s more likely to happen when we rush into things without pausing to think. Foolish decisions are made when emotions are driving the train.
The Bible warns us that haste makes waste. That jumping into something without thinking it through is unwise. In Genesis 25, we read about Esau who traded his birthright for a bowl of red stew, and we see how foolish an impulsive decision can be.
Self-control is a life-long process of practice. It calls us to exercise patience and strength, as we surrender our flesh to the Spirit, and to transform our minds as we search the scriptures and seek God in prayer.
Think before you speak. Pause before you take action. Cool off before you react. And pray before you choose.
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Read the story of Esau’s birthright in Genesis 25:29-34 and Chapter 27. Note that while a birthright and a blessing are different, a superior blessing was traditionally given to the one with the birthright. We see that birthright was impulsively traded for a bowl of stew in Chapter 25.
Desire without knowledge is not good—how much more will hasty feet miss the way! (Proverbs 19:2, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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