To Access a Superpower
But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. - Galatians 5:22-23 The Message
The last fruit of the Spirit is usually called “self-control” or “self-discipline.” Eugene Peterson, in The Message, translated it as “able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.” Wow, what a great translation!
How many times a day do you feel your focus wander and your energies get put towards things that don’t bring life to you or others? The ability to “marshal and direct” our hearts and minds would alter our lives dramatically. It almost sounds like a super-power, doesn’t it? And yet, God speaks gently to us, inviting us to cultivate that fruit.
What if, at the end of each day, you took a few minutes and spent them alone and in quiet with God, reflecting on your day? You could look back and catch all the kairos moments when you met God and when you missed God - when you focused your energies well and when you didn’t. Why don’t you try that today? Why not make it a habit? As you do so, ask the Spirit to bring things to mind so that you can see yourself and God more clearly. Listen for the Spirit to show you the sorts of things that lead to better focus and the things that drain it away.