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What Are You Willing To Give Up?

There is a story in the bible about a young wealthy man who came to Jesus to find out what he must do to gain eternal life. Jesus told him to keep the commandments, of which he replied that he had kept those since he was a young boy. Then Jesus told him that if he wants to enter the kingdom, he should give up his wealth; make donations to the needy, and come follow him. But giving up things that he has become so attached to; the power and influence he has come to possess due to his wealth, was too great for this rich man to lose. He left Jesus feeling very depressed.

We are often told that to be successful, wealthy, great, happy, healthy etc, we must do some certain things. You see, most of us obey these rules; we exercise, do the affirmations, meditate, study hard, attend the seminars, attend church services and so on, yet we get so little results. Folks, obtaining Prosperity, success, greatness, reaching your ideal shape and weight is not just about what you are willing to do to gain it; more importantly, it is about what you are willing to give up in exchange for it.

Every professional athlete or sportsperson knows that to be a truly great athlete, there are some things he or she would need to give up, if not the training would be to no avail. He must have the discipline to forfeit some pleasures for the prize ahead. And so it is with every one of us who desire greatness. We must ask ourselves; What am I willing to give up, to become a great husband, wife, father, mother, boss, student, entrepreneur, employee…? Am I willing to give up the times that I spend with my friends? Am I willing to forego the parties and fun times that my friends enjoy? Am I willing to forego delicious, fattening food in exchange for a disciplined diet program?” Am I willing to forego watching sports to have time for my family? Am I willing to give up my need to always be right so that peace can reign in my home? Am willing to forego other things to serve my God more? Am I willing to give up my procrastinating habits?…etc.

Until we learn this principle; what Jesus was trying to teach the rich man, our desire for success and greatness would only remain a wish.

Get Yourself Organized

The only people who accomplish great things, who are high flyers, are the ones who are organized on the inside. When you don’t focus on yourself, when your inside is shattered, you cannot achieve anything, and everything seem to elude you, as you don’t have a sense of direction.

Remember “the human mind is like a river that runs wild of it is not controlled.” “Getting what you want from life requires directed motivation. If you want to get somewhere, you have to know where you want to go and how to get there. This is where you need to be focused and organized. And to these you add a strong desire, a driving force, the willingness to work and work and work – never give up, never quit, because in life, “The quitter never wins and the winner never quits.”

You may be going through hard times, but remember, you can come through if you always remind yourself there is something big to work for. Hang on and keep focused on it.

Strength In Self-control

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty: and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. – PROVERBS 16:32

The strong man is the one who ever keeps himself under strict discipline, who makes his passions his servants and never allows them to be his master; who is ever led by his mind and not by his tendencies.

He drills and disciplines his desires, and never allows them to interfere with his character.

He is never the slave of his dispositions, nor the sport of impulse.

He is the commander of himself.

He is never the slave of his strongest desire.

He understands that he who would command others must first learn to obey, and he who would command his own powers must learn to be submissive to the still small voice within.

He disciplines the passions, curb pride and impatience.

He denies himself the gratification of any desire not sanctioned by reason.

“He who, with strong passions, remains chaste; he who, keenly sensitive, with manly power of indignation in him, can be provoked, and yet restrain himself and forgive—these are strong men, the spiritual heroes.” Unknown

Folks, let us all try to cultivate this one great virtue, “self-control.” “There is nothing so important in life as a thoroughly trained and cultivated will; everything depends upon it. If one has it, he will succeed; if one does not have it, he will fail.”- Orison S. Marden.

Be Strong!