Romans 13: 8-10
But I keep under my body, and bring it into
subjection: lest that by any means, when I
have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
By Thomas M. Boles, PhD., DMin., D.D.
The discipline of desire is the background of character.
In “Sin, Sex and Self-Control,” Norman Vincent Peale
writes: “Martha took the kids away to the
mountains for a month, so I was a summer
bachelor. And about midway through that month
I met a girl, a beautiful girl looking for excitement.
She made it clear that I had a green light, so for one
weekend I put my conscience in mothballs and
arranged a meeting with her for Saturday night.
“I woke up early Saturday morning with a bit of
a hangover; I’d played poker until late the night
before. I decided to get up, put on my swimming
trunks, and take a walk on the beach to clear my
head. I took an ax along, because the wreck of an
old barge had come ashore down the beach, and
there was a lot of tangled rope that was worth
salvaging. There was something about the freshness
of the morning and the feel of the ax that made
me want to keep on swinging it. So I began to chop
As he chopped, a strange thing began to
happen. He said, “I felt as if I were outside myself,
looking at myself through a kind of fog that
what I had been planning for that evening was
so wrong, so out of key with my standards and
my loyalties and the innermost me that it was
out of the question.”
He canceled the date.
Step back and take a good look at yourself. Is
there something you need to get a clear view on today?