Self-control. The mastery over one’s spirit. The mastery over one’s thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Self-control demonstrates strength. Maturity. Humility. Power. Self-control delays impulse. Delays instant gratification. Delays natural instinct. Self-control is learned. It must be practiced. It takes patience. Endurance. Discipline. Focus. Willingness. Few understand the value of self-control. Few understand the importance of self-control. Few are willing to humble themselves long enough to embrace their need for self-control. Few have what it takes to let go of themselves in order to benefit the greater good. Self-control isn’t about you. It’s about others. It’s about you being in control of yourself, so that you don’t hurt another individual, so that you can positively impact those around you. Self-control is beautiful. It is a man’s display of mastery over self. When all Hell is breaking loose, when everything is falling apart, when the chaos is unfolding, those who have accepted, embraced, and learned self-control will rise above the mess. They will lead others from the ashes. They will impact lives now, and throughout history.
Keep smiling. Just. Keep. Smiling. There are no perfect days. No day goes exactly as planned. Things happen. Stuff happens. Life happens. This is fact. Truth. Reality. People are crazy. Rude. Inconsiderate. Inconsistent. Angry. Lazy. Complacent. Comfortable. You and I can’t change people. Not one person. We can’t change certain things, certain situations. Again, fact. Truth. Reality. We CAN control our smile though. No matter what, we can smile. No matter what circumstance or situation we find ourselves in, we can smile. No matter what others may say or do, we can smile. A smile is powerful. Contagious. Infectious. A smile can impact people. A smile can not only impact you, but those around you as well. A smile can change your attitude, and the attitude of others. A smile speaks loudly, clearly, effectively, without a word. Smile. Keep smiling. Smile often. Smile in the good times, smile through the bad times. Be a leader, NO MATTER WHAT.
Step out. Step out into the darkness. Step out into the unknown. Step out into the possibilities. Step out into the beauty. Step out of the comfort. Step out of the complacency. Step out of the laziness. Step out of the crowd. Step out of your pride. Step out of your arrogance. Step out of what you have always known and done. Step out of the fear. Step out of the anxiety. Step out of the lie of perfection. Time is passing us all by. It slows and stops for no one. What are you waiting for? Why are you wasting your time? Your possibilities? Your gifts? Your dreams? Your opportunities? Step up, step out, and step into, your life.
I want to live in a routine. I naturally want to live a life of comfort. Knowing always what is next. My mind wants routine. My mind fights to remain comfortable. The natural mind will do everything in its power to protect you, protect itself. To preserve. The natural mind will lead you astray. The natural mind will lead you to a dead-end. The natural mind will eventually destroy you. You control your mind. You fight your mind. If so, you WILL win.
What do I need, not, what do I want. What do others need, not, what do they want. This is all the difference. You live for needs, not wants. You live a life of delayed-gratification. You put the needs of others ahead of your own, sometimes, not all the time. You learn the art and beauty of self-discipline. You grow, mature, and become better. Doors of opportunity open. You are prepared, ready to walk through these doors, the open doors. You walk through, life unfolds, happenings occur. As it will, as it should. You are stepping into your calling, your destiny, the dreams planted deep within. You are becoming the individual you were created to become.
Professional obstacle course racer Isaiah Vidal shares how God has been so gracious and merciful to him!
There are so many hurting kids in this world. So many kids who are crying out for help. Crying out for love. Crying out for a listening ear. There are so many kids in this world who are Fatherless, orphaned, hopeless, desperate, and lost. There are so many kids who are just simply, confused. Trying to grab a hold of their place, their purpose, their meaning within this life. We live in a country, here in the United States, where kids are worshiped, and yet, at the same time, so many of our youth are left for dead. There is such a dichotomy. We strongly support, with our words at least, education, protection, and health for our kids. But what about our actions? What are we actually doing for our kids? For our youth? Is it truly helping them? We think we know, but do we? What about the neighbor kids? What about the other kids at your son or daughter’s school? What about the kids on the American Indian Reservations? What about the youth in America’s inner-city? The kids held captive within the sex-trade industry? The kids in the hands of the government? The kids who are literally starving to death at this very moment, around the world, in Africa, India, Russia, and in the apartment next to yours? Many of us are blind. We have become blind. We can only see our selves. Our needs, our wants, our comforts, our kids, our families. We are blind to reality. The reality that this life is not all about us getting ours. We are blind to the reality of the pain and hurt of others, of those around us. We are blind to the kids, the youth, who are crying out for help. My heart continues to burn to be one who is reaching out to help. My conscious continues to poke and prod. My soul continues to scream, “WAKE UP!” “LOOK AROUND!” There are so many kids hurting. Helpless. Hopeless. Wandering. I cannot ignore their plight, nor do I want to, or try to. It is indeed time for us all to WAKE UP! It is past time, for us all to open up our eyes. To stop talking, and start doing! It is time to realize this life is not just about you, your kids, your family, but this life is about service to others. Reaching out to others and loving others. It is time we humble ourselves, let go of ourselves, and begin to lead our next generations out of the pit of despair and into the light of hope. Today is the day we begin to help, teach, lead, mentor, and inspire the kids, the youth, of the nations.