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I am in control of my feelings. I don’t have to yell and shout or be angry when someone crosses me. I can control the situation calmly.

I eat what’s good for me. I don’t stuff myself with junk food every day. I don’t put harmful substances in my body, such as drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.

I work on keeping my life organized and scheduled so I can get things done. I try not to procrastinate, but to plan ahead.

I can wait for something I want when I know it’s better to wait.

I follow the training rules for my sports team, even though it[‘s tough sometimes.

I don’t have to buy everything I see at the mall on the spot. I think about whether I need it and whether I can afford it before I part with my money.

I am determined to remain a virgin until I get married. It’s tough, but I know I can do it. I respect my dates and don’t get us in compromising situations. I want to give myself to my future spouse morally pure.

Finding Balance

I think even good things can be done to extreme. If all the TV programs were good ones, would I watch all of them? Of course not. I have to choose what is the very best. I can’t do everything that pops into my head. That’s what self-control is all about. It means turning off the TV or the computer game when I need to study. It means doing my chores before reading a book or playing ball. It means watching what I say and do.

Self-control is a good character trait God wants for us. He wants to help us be self-controlled so we can live upright and godly lives, not controlled by our passions, but by our commitment to live God’s way. He is right beside us helping us every day.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is . . . self-control” (Galatians 5:22, 23).

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By Donna J. Habenicht. Exerpt reprinted with permission from "10 Christian Values Every Kid Should Know", Review and Herald Publishing Association. Copyright © 2012 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®.

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