Don’t Give Temptation Power
“To avoid being stung, stay away from the bees!” – Common Sense!
RAMBLINGS from Evan’s dad – Evan has a sweet tooth. He loves candy. He loves doughnuts. And he especially loves Cosmic Brownies! Before he went through his big growth spurt, and was still a boy, like many other adolescents, he had added a few pounds on. Partly because these kids of today play more football on TV, then they do in the yard. But in the last year Evan has lost several inches on his waist, grown almost a foot, and now reigns as the tallest in our home.
The other day he and I were going over to see my mom. The drive to her house is an hour and change, so along the way I stopped and got a cup of the world’s best coffee at Dunkin Donuts. I asked Evan if he wanted anything (at a place that sells doughnuts and ice cream). He replied he could definitely use one of their chocolate glazed doughnuts. I ran in got coffee and doughnut, and we were soon on our way over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house.
We got to mom’s where I had the opportunity to do one or two chores for her. Soon we were sitting down at her table to have some lunch. When we were finished, mom asked Evan if he would like a cosmic brownie. He happily replied “sure”. I reminded my child that he had eaten a doughnut all of 94 minutes earlier. My mom replied, “but Tay-ed, he’s at Na-na’s house”. Evan joyfully retrieved his brownies.
He lingered over his cosmic brownie drinking in its flavors, like my buddy Grant Campbell would over a glass of fine wine. He did not rush the experience, but instead, paused over every bite, almost to reflect on the nuances of its texture and sweetness. He eventually finished his second brownie. Not long after that we were back in the car, homeward bound.
Thirty minutes into the drive, my last-born, who moments earlier was wallowing with great joy in cosmic brownies, now sit beside me, with a tummy ache. He found himself lamenting that he had eaten those irresistible brownies.
I look back at how it played out to get to a tummy ache and regret, and see a couple of things:
- Evan was innocently listening to some tunes when I asked him if he would like a doughnut…maybe even encouraged him to get one.
- Nana offered him some Cosmic Brownies, even after I told her that he had eaten a doughnut 90 minutes earlier.
- Evan gave in to the immediate temptation, not contemplating the repercussions.
Often times the cosmic brownies in our life that tempt us most, are patiently waiting around the next corner. We aren’t necessarily looking for them, we might be minding our own business when we bump right in to them. Sometimes its someone we know, maybe even someone we love, who encourages us to cave in to the temptation.
Kris has done a great job of walking our kids through possible scenarios and then asking them how they would react. She did it when they were little, and she still does it today. She wants them to be prepared as best they can, so that if put in an awkward or tempting situation, they have the greatest chance NOT to give in to the power of that temptation. She wants them to be equipped so they have the greatest chance of pursuing righteousness, faith, love, and peace!….
Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:21-22)