O Lord, I offer you myself right now… May my feet be rooted deeply in your love. May my spirit be quickened with your joy. May my mind and emotions be quieted with your peace. May my body and soul be flooded with your patience. May my eyes, hands, and heart be empowered with your kindness. May my actions and words be directed by your goodness. May my responses and thoughts draw from your stream of faithfulness. May all that I do and say have the flavor of your gentleness. May my whole being be guided by you as you nurture self-control.

Take a moment to pray this for yourself and those around you as well. How might self-control guide you in surprising ways today? How might you not just “try harder” or “do better” but instead offer areas of longing into the loving hands of the Spirit? May self-control become Spirit-control as you let love be your guide today.