Andrew Hughes | Category: Culture
A while back, I ran across this article in Bloomberg Businessweek which discussed “the case for Christmas self-control.” One of the paragraphs particularly stuck out to me:
“With all the opportunities to eat and drink and spend too much, the holidays are a notoriously stiff test of human discipline- many people stagger into the new year feeling that they have overindulged in one way or another. Some have more self-control than others, of course, but according to psychologists who study the trait, the human species is not blessed with much of it. In many cases, overwhelming the willpower of the typical human being can be almost comically easy- a pleasant surprise to retailers, perhaps, if discouraging for the rest of us.” (p. 10)
Besides the chuckle I got from finding out what psychologists have determined through study that already seems so readily obvious, is the reminder I received from Paul who explains the solution, not just a diagnosis. Self-control is found where the Spirit resides (Galatians 5:22-23). Freedom from indulgence is not found in self, for self is what caused the problem in the first place. Even more sickening is the human tendency to exploit such indulgence, as noted in the article as it points out how retailers “overwhelm the willpower” in laughable ways.
May we be ever mindful of our hopelessness without the Spirit. Guard your hearts from selfish indulgence this Advent season as you walk in preparation for celebrating the Savior’s birth.
 Bennett, Drake. “Shoppers, Start Your Engines,” Bloomberg Businessweek, Nov 29- Dec 5, 2010, 10-11.
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