Congratulations For What?

When one accomplishes something extraordinary we say, “Congratulations!” Yet our greatest achievement is not when we pass an exam, earn a degree, acquire a job or property, receive a promotion, get married, etc. Nor is it when we display superb talents or prowess. Rather, our greatest feat is self-control—the discipline of self when provoked, tempted, or hurt. Self-control is the basis and crown of achievement in any field or endeavor. So, “Congratulations!” for what? For saying “No” to our appetite, passion, anger, bad attitude & habits, and pride. Without self-control, accomplishments result in regrets. —Samuel Koranteng-Pipim

(SKP’s Meditations on Proverbs 16:32; Galatians 5:23).

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