17 As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. -Proverbs 27:17
This is not a post bashing Tiger Woods. If you got all the money and influence he received at such a young age, there’s no telling what you’d of done with it. My prayer is that God will bring people into his life to love on him and lift him, and he’ll come back and use his influence for the Kingdom of God. However, I do believe if Tiger had people in his life that could tell him no that he’d listen to, he wouldn’t be in the position he is in today.
I once heard a pastor tell of a time when he got to counsel Deon Sanders. The pastor said, “Deon, all your life, you’ve been able to have anything you want, when you want it. My question to you is, Who can tell you no that you’ll actually listen to?”
Anybody who has ever struggled with lust, sex, affairs, or pornography knows how tough of a battle it can be. Nobody plans on having an affair, becoming addicted to porn, being publically humilated, and having to apologize to the entire world.
However, these are just outcomes of untamed thought lives. The truth is, if people who struggle with these things would have had people in their lives that could tell them no, and keep them accountable, they could have missed out on a world of hurt.
I encourage you to find someone in your life who you can be honest with and share your heart with. Make sure it’s someone who will have the courage to tell you NO.
Have them ask you these questions:
1.) Have you been thinking about anything you shouldn’t be thinking about?
2.) Have you been looking at anything you shouldn’t be looking at?
3.) Have you been going anywhere you shouldn’t be going?
4.) Have you been hanging out with anyone you shouldn’t be hanging out with?
5.) Have you been doing anything you shouldn’t be doing?
Who in your world can tell you no? You better find them and listen to them – they can save you from a world of pain.