Gaining control

Self-control is the ninth fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22–23. Though it’s listed last, it’s clearly an important one. It takes a lot of self-control to manif …  »

The laundry basket

A while back I read some tips on how to get along with people: Speak cheerfully. Smile. Address people by name. Be friendly and helpful. Communicate openly. Be concerned …  »

Take me to your master!

Children—and many adults, including this one—love the story of Aladdin. Adventure, magical artifacts, good versus evil, and the ultimate success story of a beggar boy bei …  »

Self-control—the liberating fruit

The secret to building self-control is to yield our lives to God and let His Holy Spirit guide our thoughts, our actions and our life. “Don’t copy the behavior and custom …  »

The positive mindset

During a recent course I took on counseling, my classmates and I were exploring the topic of negative self-talk, and it quickly became obvious this bad habit had served a …  »

Time management tips

When my boss agreed to let me start working from home, I was excited about the prospect and confident that I could do an even better job than working at the office, but h …  »

Sticking to our tasks

We need patience to accomplish our goals in life. Even when our situation is not ideal, it is important to persevere and make the most of what we have. Most of us experie …  »

Governing yourself

A person without self-control is like a breached city, one with no walls.—Proverbs 25:28 CEB The Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and …  »

True quietness

Some time ago, I found myself facing a situation that was beyond my ability to resolve. Alone in the stillness of the night, I racked my brain for a solution and finally …  »


I once attended a meeting where a 16-year-old boy sang several gospel songs, and as he sang, his face shone with joy. I learned later that he had grown up in a horrible h …  »

Traffic lights

No city in the developed world could function without traffic lights. They are not physical barriers, but drivers choose to exercise self-control, and for the most part, …  »

The Jesus advantage

Some people naturally have a great deal of willpower or self-control, but that’s not typical. If you have a hard time sticking to a resolution, developing a consistent ro …  »