“You’re being too hard on yourself” is a phrase I often hear from good-meaning friends who feel that I am on a guilt-trip spree, when in fact I see myself as just being “petiks”
I do believe that it’s alright to not be too rigid once in a while, but there is a thin line that separates taking a rest and slacking off.
But when the desire for mindless net surfing and hours of gaming bear fruit and take over your time slots for intercessory prayer, bible meditation, and home renovation to-do lists, then there’s definitely a lapse in self-discipline.
Speaking of self-discipline, this verse has been one of my favorites since high school:
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” -2 Timothy 1:7
Also, whenever we are stuck in petiks mode, remember what the apostle Paul said to Timothy regarding how his life should be:
“No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” – 1 Corinthians 9:27
Now, I pray that our new desktop keyboard would prevent me from playing counter-strike…