So what does this word mean? It seems pretty straight forward but is it really?
The Greek definition of self-control = one who masters his desires.
So I ask myself...how many teens know the way to master their desires when they may not have anyone in their life to teach them how to master their sinful flesh.
Galatians 5:16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.  For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
Now this may sound like it needs some clarification. But if you have no one to clarify this then how are you to understand? What we need to teach this upcoming generation who will eventually be taking care of us and making decisions in the far future that will affect us is how to avoid the temptations of the flesh (sin) and make a choice based on the spirit. By praying and thinking about our choice based on the answers to our prayer. This is why we must reach out to these young adults and help them in their struggling lives. Offer to take them to church or to spend some positive time with them. It's our responsibility to help change and mold them. If we all just avoid this responsibility then nothing gets accomplished and nothing gets changed and the world continues the way it is allowing God to be removed from every thing that evil can remove it from.
Reach out and touch a struggling teen today. It just takes 5 minutes to let someone know you care
A point to ponder on my friends...