The Spirit of Self-Control
The great American Benjamin Franklin was right when he said, "He is a governor that governs his passions, and he is a servant that serves them." Unfortunately, some of us have allowed our walls to be broken down. Instead of governing our desires and appetites, many of us are "bingers" by nature. Some of us binge on food, some on sleep, others on work, and still others on TV, sports, spending or sex. Solomon reminds us of the importance of keeping a watch on how we're doing.
I heard the story about an old farmer who had been in an accident and had been in the hospital about 3 months. He was trying to collect his insurance and the insurance company did not want to pay off.
So they proceeded to go to court and the lawyer for the insurance company was questioning him. Did you or did you not say to the policeman immediately after the accident I'm perfectly alright thank you?
And the old farmer said, "You see it was this way. I was driving my mule down the road and my dog was on the buck board beside me.
The lawyer said," No, Just answer the question yes or no."
Did you or did you not say to the policeman immediately after the accident, I'm perfectly well thank you?
And the old farmer said it was this way, "I was driving my mule down the road and had my dog in the buck board beside me. The lawyer said no just answer yes or no. They went through that 2 or 3 times and finally the judge said, "Let him tell his story".
So the old farmer said. "I was driving my mule down the road and had my dog in the buck board beside me, came over a hill and a car coming from the opposite direction hit us broad side."
It knocked my mule in the ditch, knocked my dog out in the pasture and knocks me out into the woods. The policeman drove up got out of his car and he saw my mule kicking in the ditch and so he pulled out his gun and shot him right between the eyes.
He walked out into the pasture sa ...
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