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"A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls" (Proverbs 25:28).

Word to the wise.

God wants all of us to be successful and to have the victory. I do believe that. There are some rules to follow though and one of them is to have self-discipline. In other words, if we don't learn to control ourselves someone else will control things for us. We may find ourselves in a bad place simply because we didn't exercise self-control. That place can be spiritually, emotionally, or physically speaking. Some us are hard headed and thick skulled. But there comes a time, which starts early in life, when we have to listen and apply what we learn. And that has to be a lifetime practice. Some of us don't want anybody telling us anything. We don't listen to anything a wise person tells us, because we want to be right, we want to be in charge, and we think we know what's best for us. It's impossible for us to know what's best for us 100% of the time, because we don't know everything and we need people in our lives who help guide us. Ask anyone with some sense and they will tell you they have an accountability person and/or mentor who plays a very active part of their lives. It's a great way to grow and develop, I know that personally.

Consequently, it's a red flag when someone tells me they reject someone who can speak wisdom into their life and/or has no desire to have someone they respect enough to listen to. Usually the evidence (or lack there of) is clear that they have no self-control in their lives, because they are not fruitful, nor do they multiply. Isn't that a sad commentary about some of the people around us?

We can do better.
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