“Do You Find Yourself Acting Impulsively?”
Self-control is rejecting my own desires and what I want “right now”. Regardless of what is going on around me, I set my limits and do what is right.
Lack of self-control is a phenomenon that affects all of us. Some of us are battling quietly inside or some of us are overtly stomping our feet saying what we think without thought and demanding what we want. Our natural impulse tells us to act immediately and it seems undeniable in the moment!
My grandson, Maverick, invited us to his eighth grade graduation. There were no more seats, so my daughter and I climbed the stairs to get a better view of the stage. As the names were called for each student’s recognition of accomplishment, each one stood and took the long walk to the microphone. Leaning against the bannister, I impulsively commented on a young graduates very short dress with her extraordinarily long legs. Instantly, a gentleman standing a few feet away, reminded me that my statement was rude and there was nothing that could be changed…this beautiful young girl had long legs! Being properly rebuked, I instantly realized my unfiltered and rude comment was cause for me to remain silent for the rest of the ceremony!
I can’t say what provoked me to say such a thing, but the thoughtless comment was irresponsible, offensive and impetuous. “Self – control is instant obedience to the initial promptings of God’s Spirit”. Bill Gothard In this case, a little self-control was in order, and neglected, when the Spirit whispered in my ear, “not profitable, don’t say it”! There was no instant obedience to the prompting of God’s Spirit.
Do you ever find yourself acting impulsively?
Dignity is the capacity to hold back on the tongue what never should have been in the mind in the first place. Blessed is the woman who having nothing to say, refrains from giving wordy evidence of the fact! There you have it!
“Even a fool is thought to be wise IF she keeps silent,
and discerning IF she holds her tongue.”
(Personalized) Proverbs 17: 28
“She who guards her mouth and her tongue
keeps herself from calamity!”
(Personalized) Proverbs 21: 23
I am grateful for the stranger who spoke up and reflected my need to take control of my tongue that day. God spoke through him for my benefit…
Thank you, Sir, wherever you are…
~Jackie Johnson - I am a former tribal missionary to the Kuna Indians on the Colombian border in Central America. Fluent in several languages, my husband and I currently pastor a Spanish-speaking church in Southern California. My passion is discipling and equipping dedicated young women for life, marriage, motherhood, and beyond. I am the mother of two daughters and the grandmother of three Princesses and four young Knights.