Thought for today – 09/26/2011

SELF-CONTROL

“Our society panders to self-indulgence. We are encouraged to give ourselves a break, do ourselves a favor, and have it our way. It is assumed that our pleasures, prestige, power, and passions drive us, not our principles. Yet, even the good things in life will hurt us if we overindulge in them. Food, s*x, exercise, sleep, money — all these are not inherently bad, of course, but uncontrolled indulgence in any of them can be harmful. Aided by God’s power, we need to exercise a fair amount of self-discipline instead of self-indulgence (see 1 Peter 4:1-2). A self-under-control person, in God’s power, exercises restraint, moderation, and willpower, and makes decisions based on principles, not pleasures.”
~Katie Brazelton & Shelley Leith, Character Makeover: 40 Days with a Life Coach to Create the Best You

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