Self-Control - The Warrior's Journey®

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Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control. (Proverbs 25:28)

In Bible times, a city depended upon its outer walls as a major fortification against enemy attack. If the opposing force could penetrate the walls of the city, defeat was certain.

Apply this thought to leadership in the military. The leader who lacks self-control becomes like a city without walls. If the one in charge loses control, subordinates suffer and the organization loses focus.

In combat, this can have disastrous consequences. Leadership studies have shown that almost 50 percent of leadership failures occur with the leader himself. The last few years are replete with examples of leaders, both inside and outside the military, who have failed because they couldn’t exercise self-control.

Take this analogy one step further. Life’s daily situations demand control as well. A lack of self-control and the anger that usually follows combine to worsen almost any situation. Relationships suffer.

One important tip to remember: Self-control is not just a matter of will; it requires strength beyond our own.  Don’t give the devil a foothold. Submit to God and ask Him to help you remain under the Spirit’s leadership.

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