“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
We all face some level of temptation daily and not just the temptation of attraction to someone other than our spouse. We each deal with the temptation to live, preform, and behave at a level less than our potential. On any given day, we face the temptation to be negative or mean when we could be positive. Temptation can attack us from many directions, we are often faced with the temptation to take in moments that we should give, and to flee when we should stay. In addition to those, there are so many other temptations that we encounter and probably don’t even notice. Temptation attempts to lure us away from the things that can make us better. It seeks to eat at and eventually destroy the good parts of who we are and what we could become.
To be able to fight against and resist the temptation that arises daily, we must first acknowledge that they exist. We so often make excuses for the things that we are uncomfortable with changing. That lack of acknowledgement provides opportunity for those temptations to continue to grow. We have to face them head on and make the decision to sometimes take the harder and less desirable roads. Don’t allow temptation to continue to be a weakness for you. Decide today that things may be a little more difficult, but that with the right decisions they will get better.
“Artistic self-indulgence is the mark of an amateur. The temptation to make scenes, to appear late, to call in sick, not to meet deadlines, not to be organized, is at heart the sign of your own insecurity and at worst the sign of an amateur.”