Saturday, December 20, 2008

Fruit of the Spirit - SELF-CONTROL Layout

Anyone who knows me knows that "self-control" is not my best trait. :) I tend to lead with my gut - and speak waaaaayyyy before thinking. Outside of my general personality, our era is not one to perpetuate patience and careful thought either. TV, magazines, newspapers, etc. constantly tout how to do things faster, quicker, instanteously while they tell you to "buy it now!" or "Don't wait!" Our society promotes a LACK of self-control - even glamourizing it in the media with the various celebrity divorces or rehab stints.

When we did our last lesson for the Fruit of the Spirit album, we came across this verse in 1 Corinthians - I liked the way The Message phrased it:

You've all been to the sadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You're after one that's gold eternally. I don't know about you, but I'm running hard for the finish line. I'm giving it everything I've got. No sloppy living for me! I'm staying alert and in top condition. I'm not going to get caught napping, telling everyon eelse all about it, and then missing out myself!
1 Corinthians 9:24-27

I totally can identify with the "Life is a Game/Race" analogy; I have found it to be true over and over again... in school, in work, in life. I'm often thinking, "What is the goal? What are the rules of this "game?" And "what is the fastest way I can get there?" I figured Milton's Bradley's "game of Life" would be a good jump-start for this layout:

Our "prize" to the Game of Life is a life on earth filled with more happy, peaceful moments than sad and a life of joy eternally in Heaven with Jesus. What a game to win!
If you'd like to view all of the layouts of this album together, you can visit my gallery at MooTwo Designs. Comments always welcome!
:) Mags
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1 comment:

klujics said...

I have no clue why people are posting comments....but we have to get you out there and be noticed I guess!

This layout is AWESOME!!!