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Fit For Life
by Stephen A. Peterson
01/11/12
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Fit For Life

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.

--Proverbs 3:5-6

After a four year relationship, Mario Harjo decided to propose marriage to Linda Singletary. She immediately accepted. Just three months before their wedding, the couple agreed they wanted their children to learn the principles of personal responsibility, self-control and mature self-reliance.

They believed that a lack of personal responsibility led to beliefs that one may do whatever he or she wants without concern for others. Such persons’ lives led to spiritual and personal destruction. Throughout their young lives they learned that challenges, difficulties and setbacks are inevitable phases that are outside a person’s control—personal loss, economic difficulties and relational conflict to name a few.

Without self-control a person gives in to temptations without consideration of a loss their relationship with God, no consideration of consequences or relational destruction. People following such beliefs are often led to anxiety, despair, and depression.

Mature self-reliance comes to the knowledge and understanding that each individual has God given skills and abilities. These skills and abilities are to be realized and worked towards to the best of one’s talent level. Mature self-reliance does not mean one does not need the help and support from or of others from time to time. They agreed that co-dependency without personal effort is unacceptable even sinful without effort on the part of the able bodied person.

For this couple, daily reliance upon God and acknowledging that He is the source of all that is good and an assured refuge steer us away from giving into the devil, world and flesh. In their view, their children will come to know that complete trust in God will direct their steps to a truly fulfilling life.


Prayer: Lord, open my eyes that I may place my complete and unyielding trust in You daily.
Amen.


Stephen A. Peterson
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