This morning I started pondering ‘self-control’  — 
                Control of one’s emotions, desires, or actions by one’s own will:.
                self-control – the act of denying yourself; controlling your impulses
                control – the activity of managing or exerting control over something
                abstinence – act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite
                ascesis, asceticism – rigorous self-denial and active self-restraint
                To exercise authoritative or dominating influence over; direct. 
                To adjust to a requirement; regulate: 
                To hold in restraint; check:

2 Timothy 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 

2 Timothy 1:7  For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. Amplified Bible

Psalm 111:10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. 

Proverbs 9:10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. 

James 3:17  But the wisdom from above is first of all pure (undefiled); then it is peace-loving,  courteous (considerate, gentle). [It is willing to] yield to reason, full of compassion and good fruits; it is wholehearted and straightforward, impartial and unfeigned (free from doubts, wavering, and insincerity). Amplified Bible

You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically – to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside. The enemy of the ‘best’ is often the ‘good.’  ~Stephen Covey

Discipline weighs ounces, regret weighs tons.  ~Author Unknown

Everyone must choose one of two pains: The pain of discipline or the pain of regret.  ~Jim Rohn

At one time or another, haven’t we all felt that pain and weight. 

By the way – Wikipedia has some very interesting information about self control: glucose resistance effects the ability of self control, use of self control depletes the amount of you have, exercising self control increases the amount you have. Sounds kind of contradictory. . .    

Trust God for your day, ….Today