Self-control is critical in helping us achieve our dreams. Our dreams are often the gentle whisper of God’s voice trying to get our attention. Dreams fulfilled are what bring joy into the world and when in alignment with God’s plan, bring the divine plan into fruition.
But what are some of the behaviors that keep me from practicing self-control? My pride and control, busyness and striving, planning and preparing, self-image and self-talk, people pleasing and restlessness are a few.
Much of my problem with self-control centers around my unrealistic expectations and not adhering to my personal priorities. When I see myself as a “production” machine in the “get it done” mode, I have to balance that with my time in contemplation and silence in order to surrender my heart to God and let go. As I verbalize, through prayer, my specific fears, temptations, and situations that present the greatest obstacles to loosening my grip and relinquishing control of my heart, it makes space for the Spirit to rise-up, allowing the Spirit of self-control to work within and guide me towards fulfilling “my” dreams.
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
My memory, my understanding
And my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace.
That is enough for me.
Amen.Prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Lord, thank you for self-control and moving me towards “our” dreams.