As a child Labor Day was my least favorite holiday because it was the last day of summer before school started again. Now it comes after our schools have been in session for about a month. It is no longer a “milepost” for children, just a nice holiday in the early part of the school year.
Some of our “mileposts” change as we transition in life, don’t they? The first day of school is a huge day for young parents and children. It is hardly a blip on the calendar for those whose children are beyond school age. Other “mileposts” suddenly have significance. Birthdays at one state of life mean the chance to get a driver’s license and at others mean the receipt of a Medicare card!
One thing seems to remain constant in these “mileposts” experiences for me. That is the need for self-control. This Sunday we will focus on another of the “respectable sins,” the lack of self-control. It is one which I struggle with almost daily. Let’s think about how we might win the battle for self-control this Sunday morning. Then Sunday afternoon we will meet at Allandale for our annual church picnic. We will suspend our “self-control” for just a brief moment when we gather around the desserts! I look forward to seeing you twice Sunday,