Former Florida State head football coach Bobby Bowden once told one of his players, “Son, you’ve got a good engine, but your hands aren’t on the steering wheel.” This was the old coach’s way of telling the young man that he had a lot of talent, but he needed to be in better control of his actions.
Many Christians have the same problem. They have an abundance of gifts and abilities, but their out-of-control lives keep them from excelling. Poor decisions and a lack of focus negate a lot of good that they could be contributing to the cause of Christ.
It is critically important that we keep our hands firmly on the steering wheel of our lives. Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…”
Notice that self-control is the last piece of the puzzle. If you want to live a fruitful, Spirit-filled life, you have to be in control of your actions. Don’t play the “blame game”. Don’t fall into a victim mentality. Be in control of your life. Keep your hands on the steering wheel!