March 23, 2018

Jeremiah 17:5-8; Matthew 11:28-30

H.A.L.T. A good friend taught me this acronym. Never make a decision when you are hurt, angry, lonely, or tired. There is a ton of wisdom in this. Have you seen some of the latest Snickers commercials? The tagline is “You’re not you when you are hungry,” and they comically portray how you appear to be when you get “hangry.” Hangry is the combination of two things. It is when you are so hungry that you begin to get angry; therefore, you get hangry! Then you get a bite to eat and whatever it was that agitated you does not seem as intense anymore. The same thing happens when spiritually we get hangry. We get disconnected from Christ and become "like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land” (Jeremiah 17:7, ESV). So what does this have to do with self-control? Sometimes we need to take a step back before saying or doing something we will ultimately regret. This is where self-control comes in. It helps us recognize when we need to H.A.L.T. and find sustenance for our exhausted and weary spirits. We find that nourishment in Christ when we reconnect with him. When that happens, we are "like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit” (Jeremiah 17:8, ESV).