Unlike so many of the false promises in this world, the help God gives is effective and tailored to our needs.
Every time you reach for one of your excessities, you saddle up a horse of hope. The more often you saddle up, the stronger the excessity becomes in your life, but despite all its strength, it cannot save.
God is not in the carrot-dangling business. There is a finish line to wisdom He means for you to cross, even if He has to carry you over it Himself.
Excessities are about satisfying the outer, surface parts. Wisdom is about making a choice to deny the outer in order to truly nourish the inner.
We need to discover our “never enoughs” and move them out of the way so contentment can flow into our lives.
When Steve thought he couldn’t say no one more time or withstand the growing pressure to succumb to his excessity, he did.
Patience does not give you the power over circumstances; patience allows you to control yourself in the midst of circumstances.
Lori had always lived impatiently for what she wanted. Now, she learned to live patiently for what she didn’t.
So often we think control is about finally making sure we get what we want. Self-control, however, is more about making sure we get what we need.
Often people engage in behaviors to create a sense of control. But there comes a point when the hunter becomes the hunted and the Gotta Have It! turns on them.
Love of self is the basis for love in others. So validate yourself as a person, created and loved by God, with intrinsic value and worth just for who you are.
Each of us has a worth, a value that we did not generate, create, or cause for ourselves. This value is inherent in us as people; this value is a gift from God.