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Elvis Presley was known as the “King of Rock and Roll.” Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, he rose to music stardom from Memphis, Tennessee, beginning in 1954. He is the best-selling solo music artist of all time. He sold over half a billion records. But his story is more than a rags-to-riches tale. It also holds tragedy. During his rise to fame, Elvis was deeply opposed to recreational drug use. He also avoided alcohol, since many in his family had been alcoholics. He even talked to President Nixon about reaching out to the hippies to combat their acceptance of drugs. But he had a problem. He abused prescription drugs and had other unhealthy habits. Once he spent three days in a coma from a drug overdose. In his final concerts, he was so drugged that he struggled to remember the lyrics to his songs. He collapsed and died at the age of 42 at his estate in Memphis.*
Elvis is an example of the lack of self-control. Although he avoided illegal drugs and alcohol, he abused prescription medication. The lack of self-control is not only a threat to our physical health, it can also damage us spiritually. 2 Peter 1:5-6 says, “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control.” (NIV 1984) Don’t let even one area of your life escape the discipline and training needed to live for Jesus.
*”Elvis Presley,” Wikipedia, last updated March 7, 2023, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis_Presley
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