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“Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled” (Titus 2:6).

How simple an instruction that flies in the face of what our contemporary culture promotes.  Be all that you can be.  Sow your wild oats.  Explore and discover.  These are what are promoted in the face of the simple admonition to learn self-control.  Is this not one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit?  Yes!  Learn self-control and do not give in to the incessant contrary cultural drivel of this world.

Lord, it is hard to go against the flow, yet in moving in the right direction there is great joy.  Inspire me to be willing to do the work necessary so that I may be guided by Your principles and not by the nonsense which this world continuously promotes.  Help me to learn how to learn these things and then help me to do them.  Guide me in the way of the good life You intend for me, Lord.

Dear Lord Jesus, at all times You were fully in Your right mind.  You never lost control but showed anger when it was called for.  You walked humbly and calmly through each day fulfilling the Father’s will.  Guide me Lord so that I may learn from You how to walk humbly with You as You teach me.  Teach me self-control and the other good gifts You give in order that I may lead a temperate and prudent life in preparation for the promised eternal life.  Amen.