“A person without self-control is as defenceless as a city with broken-down walls.” Proverbs 25:28
Lack of self-control makes us vulnerable to attack. We are more vulnerable to temptation, to doing or saying things we will regret, to being swayed by others’ opinions and pressures.
There is a difference between self-control and being in control. Self-control is a healthy discipline that helps us be mindful of what is appropriate behaviour and speech. Being in control is likely the result of a choice (or vow) arising from a wound (or some unpleasant or painful experience) that gives us the idea that we must control the circumstances of our lives where we had been wounded; and it’s likely that other areas of our lives may be totally out of control and undisciplined.
Something to think about…
“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who
love him. He appointed them to be saved in keeping with his purpose.”
Romans 8:28 NIV
When it seems like the world’s gone mad, don’t forget “God existed before anything else… and He holds all creation together.” (Colossians 1:17 NLT). When worry whispers, “God doesn’t know what you need!”, remember God promised to “meet all your needs”. (Philippians 4:19 NIV)
A thought from a friend: “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten….” Joel 2:25 NIV
For everything you’ve loved or lost, God has something else. For
everything that’s been stolen from you, God has something else. The
situation you are in right now is not the end of the story; God wants to
write a new chapter. – He’s not through with you!
"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28 NIV
What we consider wasted experiences can become experiences in wisdom - when we decide to learn from them! God in His wisdom knows that we need the challenge of certain situations to mature and stretch us.
"I know you by name and you have found favour with Me." Exodus 33:12 NIV
Don't be jealous or intimidated by anybody else no matter how talented they are. In God's eyes there are no other contenders; you're it! You're the only one who can fulfil your role on planet earth because He created it with you in mind.
[from a friend]