There are three important areas that need to be addressed so one can work at having authority himself: the disciplines of the mind, tongue, and one’s time. If the mind comes under the authority of the will, the person will become stronger because the mind will cause the person to do what is right in all areas of his life. And since the things that are spoken literally help to form our destiny, the tongue must be ruled in a steadfast manner lastly, anyone who does not discipline his time will be more likely to fail and to stumble through life instead of attaining inward success.
By Joy Haney
“I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection” (I Corinthians 9:27).
Every person has an empire to rule. It is the inner self. The daily decisions that every individual makes will either refine or pollute the empire. Time has a way of revealing the way a person rules; for decisions made concerning the raging war within will eventually be etched upon each face. People do not just evolve into a certain person, but choices help form what they become. Those who rule with determination, resolve, and strength of will always have more control over self; therefore, they will have a more fruitful life.
What we do on some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are; and what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline.
-H.P. Liddon (1829-1890) English pulpit orator, professor at Oxford (1870-1882). Chancellor in 1886 of St. Paul’s Cathedral
It is not the giving in to the whims of self indulgence that make a person truly happy; it is the mastery over things that cause them to be more self-reliant and progressive. Self-destruction is the soul mate of those who have no control over that which dominates them, and it finally brings them to a feeling of self-hatred. It is not the lack of passions that can destroy a person; instead it is the complete control of passions that bring a feeling of well-being.
The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.
– Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1802) poet, the most famous of the Victorian age
Proverbs 14:29 says, “He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.” To be able to rule the spirit is a sign of greatness, as Proverbs 16:32 states: “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” Restraint and self-control are almost foreign words to some, but they are still words of power! Those who wish to lead and to control other entities must first learn to control themselves. The excuses often given are simply a giving in to self-indulgence and perpetuating a weakness of will. Power is there for those who long for it, but it must be a burning desire within, in order to attain it.
Such power there is in clear-eyed self-restraint.
– James Russell Lowell (1819-1891) Outstanding American poet, as well as a literary critic, professor of modem languages at Harvard, and diplomat