When you were a kid remember when mom used to make a special dish and tell you not to touch it before the guests arrived. But you couldn’t stop yourself from taking a peek or a teeny weeny bite. Or the other day when you were invited to your friend’s birthday party and they were taking forever to cut the cake. You couldn’t wait any longer and you just had to poke your little finger into the side of the cake and lick it.
Well is this the story of your childhood? No? Ok I admit it’s my story. I still can’t resist the temptation of tasty food. Even though my weighting scale is screaming at me. I should have gone on a diet 10 kilos ago. I still can’t resist the temptation of a delicious chocolate cake or any yummy desert for that matter. I have friends who do not touch any sweet dish. I mean not even a small innocent looking scoop of vanilla ice-cream. And their reward is a gorgeous figure to flaunt and fitting into size S dresses. And here try as I might I cannot come down from XL.
To mitigate my guilt about my temptation I found this perfect quote on the internet. ‘’About the only time losing is more fun than winning is when you’re fighting against temptation – in my case temptation of delicious food.’’ And I guess as long as I am able to control my portions I will survive.
But jokes apart… Think! Is not being able to resist temptation really good?
Who ever said this was a very wise person. Really! When opportunity knocks at the door we have to be alert and grab it or else it goes away to knock at other doors. But with temptation it’s exactly the opposite. Forget staying alert and grabbing it; even if you are trying hard to ignore it. Temptation entices you, it dances in front of your eyes and your resolve slowly dissolves, you become weak-kneed and finally you succumb to it.
So how do we avoid temptation? No it doesn’t allow you to avoid it, it keeps coming back in your path. So the right word is ‘resisting’ temptation. You need to fight it off. And the biggest weapon you have for this fight is ‘will power’. And also a strong sense of what is right and what is wrong.
Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing at all or by having everything happen all at once.
Like with the temptation to stray off the path of righteousness. In relationships the worse possible temptation to submit to is to cheat on your spouse. Whatever the reasons be we can never justify breaking someone’s heart. The counterfeit pleasure of an affair can never overcome the ways infidelity can destroy a life, marriage and family.
Or let’s talk about the temptation to steal. It’s very easy to surrender to this temptation. When material wealth is our benchmark for success and we don’t have what the others have. In our mind we cook up reasons to justify our taking it away forcibly.
Our false sense of entitlement allows us to believe that we can steal what we could not earn.
But, Remember the devil itself might be testing you. Don’t take the easy way out. Don’t harm / hurt anyone or do anything illegal however tempting it might be. There may be many different paths open in front of you. ‘The Forbidden’ path is always more tempting. It is up to you to decide which is the right path…