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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!

Be The Best You Can Be

We live in an age of opportunity; but the opportunities are for the best. So the question now is, “Are you the best at what you do?”

There is no excuse for being second-class when it is possible to be first-class, and when first-class is in demand everywhere. Second-class things are wanted only when first-class can’t be had. Never be satisfied with “fairly good,” “pretty good,” “good enough.” Accept nothing short of your best. Put such a quality into your work that anyone who comes across anything you have ever done will see character in it, individuality in it, your trade-mark of superiority upon it.

If you make yourself the best in anything, no matter what your condition or circumstances, no matter what your race or colour, you will be in demand. If you are the best in your calling, business, or class, no matter how poor your background may be, nothing can keep you from success. Proverbs 22:29 says;

“Do you see a man diligent and skilful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.”

Every fault you allow to become a habit, to get control over you, helps to make you second-class, and puts you at a disadvantage in the race for honour, position, wealth, and happiness.

“Whatever work you do, put yourself into it, as those who are serving not merely other people, but the Lord”. – Colossians 3:23

“It is just the little difference between the good and the best that makes the difference between the artist and the artisan. It is just the little touches after the average man would quit that make the master’s fame.”

Hold Tight To Your Convictions

An old legend says that a fool and a wise man were travelling together, and came to a junction; where two roads opened before them,–one wide and beautiful, the other narrow and rough. The fool wanted them to take the pleasant way; the wise man knew that the difficult one was the shortest and safest, and so said. But at last the fool prevailed; they took the more inviting road, and were soon met by robbers, who seized their belongings and made them captives. A little later both they and their captors were arrested by policemen and taken before the judge. During their trial, the wise man pleaded that the fool was to blame because he desired to take the wrong way. The fool pleaded that he was only a fool, and no sensible man should have heeded his counsel. The judge punished them both equally.

“My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.” – Proverbs 1:10

Some of us are struggling in our faith, relationships, marriages, schools, businesses, work, and living because of our inability to say “No” to the many allurements and temptations which appeal to our weak passions. If we would only make a little decision at first, one emphatic “No” might silence our solicitors and distracters forever. But we are weak, we are afraid of offending, we don’t like to say “No.”

Folks, irresolution is a dangerous habit. The scriptures advises that you should always; “Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute” – 1 Corinthians 16:13.

“On many of the tombstones of those who have failed in life could be read between the lines: “He Dawdled,” “Behind Time,” “Procrastination,” “Listlessness,” “Shiftlessness,” “Nervelessness,” “Always Behind.” Oh, the wrecks strewn along the shores of life “just behind success,” “just this side of happiness.”
What would yours read? .



“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.” –Proverbs 6:6-8

The bible isn’t wrong about the ants. These creatures as tiny as they are, have a good philosophy for work and success, that if applied to our life and work, can help us achieve greatness.

Here are four principles to achieving success from the ants.

Ants never quit: if they are headed somewhere and you try to stop them, they will look for another way- they will climb over, they will climb under, they will go around, and keep looking for another way.
Never quit looking for a way to get where you are supposed to go in life.

Ants think winter all summer: you can’t be so naïve as to think summer all summer if you want to achieve success in life. Ants are smart, they think winter all summer. They think ahead.

Ants think summer all winter: during the hard times they talk to themselves and say this won’t last long, we would soon be out of here. First warm day the ants are out. if it gets cold they enter back into their holes, but they can’t wait to get out.
Average people look forward to getting off, successful people look forward to getting on with it.

Ants gather all they possibly can all through summer: if you want to succeed, you got to do all the work we possibly can. How much work should you do? As much as you can. How many books should you read? As many as you can. How many sales calls should you make? As many as you can. How many skills should you learn? As many as you can.

Always try to extend yourself to your maximum reach. Never settle for less than you can be.

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