A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls. (Proverbs 25:28)
I started the year off with the mission to totally cut out junk food. Many people have a sweet-tooth and enjoy that sort of stuff. It’s not good for you though; it adds no value to your body and the more you consume the more detrimental it is to your well-being.
It may be hard at first, the body craves what you’ve fed it for years; in effect it will become habit-forming. That’s what happens when people comfort-eat. An association is developed. Feel down? Gorge yourself on chocolate. Very quickly, bad habits are formed.
As the days and weeks move on though once you set out on the journey of change, fresh habits are formed. Better ones. Instead of craving ice cream and fizzy drinks I now think to myself when peckish, ‘I fancy an apple’. What was originally a discipline is now a way of life.
It’s not just diet though that this applies to, it’s across the board in our lives. It may be an attitude that we have, for example, or possibly the way we react to situations. The bottom line is that whatever it is, we need to deal with it. Like junk food these things bring no value to our lives and ultimately will destroy us.
It can be hard at first to deal with the habits of a lifetime, that’s why initially it needs determination and will. Eventually though as we continue to walk a new path the discipline becomes a way of life rather than a constant battle.