A young man asked a gadol what he can do to keep himself from looking at the indecent things on the billboards, store windows, etc… The gadol responded:

The verse in Proverbs 3:11 reads: “Mussar Hashem, bni al timas” which is generally translated, “My son, do not despise Hashem’s chastening education.”

However, it can also be translated as:

“Mussar Hashem” – this is not mussar delivered by another human being, but the musaar delivered by Hashem Himself, who says

“Bni,”  – you are My child, therefore

“Al timas” – do not do anything that is despicable.

Remember who you are. The standards of behavior for a prince are more exacting than for others, and a person should remember that he is a child of Hashem, and hold himself to a high standard of behavior.

It is good to repeat this verse when feeling tested: “Mussar Hashem, bni, al timas.” I am a child of Hashem, and I must behave accordingly.