I never thought about just how deceptive that comment is. You can say people that desire to do or have something that is not good for them and cannot seem to achieve control over their “urges” are struggling of course, but there is something to be said about the word “battle“. You should always be the victor or maybe you just want to do it?
What is an actual battle? It is a fight, usually a violent one. We all need to reach the point that any thought such as taking drugs or sleeping with another’s spouse is so insane to us, those thoughts will cease and desist! I don’t even have fleeting thoughts such as those because I was raised to believe that certain things are bad and bad people go to hell, simply put, and it worked for me. I think this has helped me immensely to be the kind of person you can trust and I wish more people were like me. I actually like myself and don’t want to escape from me or my life even though it’s never been an easy life to live.
There are sayings such as “don’t start nothing, won’t be nothing.” This has to do with warning someone else not to mess with you or it could get ugly. If you are about to do battle with yourself, why wouldn’t you give yourself the same heads-up? Why would someone want to do anything that feels good for the moment, when in their own minds they know just how ugly it can get.
Many years ago most decent people were raised in the Word. People complain a lot about religion controlling us, but it looks like it has to. People used to teach their children self-control, self-discipline and respect. People that cannot control themselves are a danger to themselves and others. I sometimes wonder how many truly mentally ill people there are or are they just selfish and either don’t know how to or don’t desire to control themselves.
The 1960’s started the hedonistic “if it feels good, do it” mentality but if you don’t know how to control your inner demons, be sure they will control you. They will win that battle in the mind. You need to have matter over mind in the fact that everyone has thoughts, ideas and urges, but most never act on them because they have the ability to think further than the moment. Yes you can be tempted by someone into adultery, getting high or even an act of rage if you are in that circumstance for the moment. What you need to do is prepare for battles as anyone planning to win does.
You know your weaknesses and people you shouldn’t be around so stay away from these and them! Battle’s half won. Now get your fanny moving to living the life you really want to live, within reason, not falling back on something to make you feel better for the moment. Now on that line of thinking, if you want to fall back on anything, you need to fall on God! He can and will get you through everything as long as you know it to be true. There is a rock hard strength in true faith and for most, religion is a big part of this. It’s good training for your mind.
Not the traditions or symbols of so many of them, but the teachings of Christ to love one another. That’s all the religious teaching we need. To somehow get the point across to others, deep in their souls, that you would never do something to someone that you would not want done to yourself or a loved one. This means that you would not risk harming yourself for a temporary cheap thrill.
If the entire world would become kinder and gentler there would fewer reasons for people to try to cover up their hurt with food, sex, drugs, etc.