Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city. – Proverbs 16:32 (NLT)
We want to be powerful, don’t we? We want to have clout. We want others to know who we are and respect us. Having a million YouTube followers wouldn’t be bad either.
And there’s nothing wrong with having lots of followers. However, it’s not the most important thing. Today’s verse says that being patient is better than being powerful. Having self-control is better than conquering a city.
Learning to develop self-control and patience is important. It’s good to work on when you’re a teenager, because the habits you develop now will carry you through the rest of your life.
So today, if you’ve focused more on getting the respect of others rather than developing self-control, determine to make some adjustments. Don’t only look for the respect of others, but instead look to develop character within too.
Determine to develop Christ-like character and see the awesome things that God wants to do through you.