Think Clearly and Exercise Self-Control

HI RIPPLE EFFECTORS!

Sorry its been a while since I’ve posted. While we haven’t posted in a while, we have had a fantastic couple of months, with the Anniversary Dinner fundraiser and getting ready for our LA trip with extra meetings. Its been an exciting time for the group!

A quick exciting note before we get to an encouraging note…… WE WELCOME NEW 6TH GRADERS NEXT MONTH! I know it snuck up on us, and I don’t know how many new Effectors we are welcoming, but be thinking of new fun things to do on initiation night.

So I wanted to write a quick note and just remind everyone of the word God had for us last week. I think He’s really been wanting us to focus on Peter and his journey from a fisherman to disciple of Jesus to the foundation of the church as we know it. The key thing that we’ve kept focusing on over and over is the fact that Peter was human. We went over multiple examples last week of how Peter was a faulty, sinful dude just like we are. He was quick to speak and act without thinking. He took Jesus aside and reprimanded him for telling the disciples He would die. (He REPRIMANDED our Lord and Savior!) He cut off a dude’s ear because he thought he could foil Jesus’ death. He denied Jesus three times. He had his faults. He had his growing pains. But in the end, he learned some valuable lessons.

God of course knew that Peter would be extremely influential in building His church, and as a part of that, God used Him to write two books of the bible: 1st and 2nd Peter.

Peter starts out 1 Peter giving praise to Jesus, giving the good news that we had been born again through Christ. Then, in 1 Peter 1:13, Peter gives his first real set of instruction to us:

“Think clearly and exercise self-control.” It goes on to say “live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then.”

Think clearly and exercise self-control. That is FANTASTIC advice. We, in this crazy fast-paced world, can jut become so reactionary. When Peter was reactionary as he was in Jesus’ service, he got himself in trouble. When we let our emotions drive our reactions, they will get us in trouble.

JESUS needs to be guiding our reactions. How can we let this happen if we just react quickly and not exercise self-control? When your brother or sister irritates you, its so easy to lash out quickly at them. When your friends are gossiping, its so easy to quickly join in. When your parents anger you, your reaction may be to lash out or treat them poorly to “get back at them.”

We know that our life’s purpose is in our Father and Lord. We know better. We know there is a better purpose, we know that life is so much more awesome and full when living for Him. So let’s be slow to speak, slow to act, and quick to listen to him. The first instruction that God’s chosen disciple to build the church gave to us was simple: Think.

So this week, lets make that be our prayer…. to let God guide our reactions and that we’d be slow to react, instead letting His love drive what we do and say. That leads us to living as God’s obedient children, ready to make ripples throughout our families, schools, and world.

Have an awesome week y’all!

Brad

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