Thursday, March 7, 2013
When Bad Things Taste Good
I haven't broken the 10th since...Monday.
Brian showed his new briefcase to me.
I'm tempted to use money saved for...to...
Or maybe I've really kicked my addiction to plastic and...
I don't need a new briefcase; but I'm tempted to buy one just like Brian's because I really like it.
I have a briefcase.
Buuuuuuut I like Brian's and it's so tempting to use money saved for...to...
Maybe I've really kicked my addiction to plastic and...
Bad things that taste good.
That's why they're so tempting.
If they didn't taste sooooooo good, they wouldn't be sooooooo tempting.
Buuuuuuut I know, uh, from experience (confession) that bad things always taste good; yeeeeeeet because they're bad things that only taste good, they always end up causing indigestion.
I get sick after I taste 'em and never quite digest bad things that offer sooooooo much pleasure as I'm taking that first...
The smart thing is not to taste 'em.
That's the smart thing that's so hard to do because they taste sooooooo good, go down sooooooo smoothly, and then start eating away at...
So how can I/we overcome 'em and keep the 10th or whatever other # applies when the bait inspires a bite?
Just saying the 10th or any of the others that apply at the moment of a particular bad thing tasting sooooooo good rarely...
Just knowing bad things tasting sooooooo good always end up causing indigestion rarely...
There's only one way to overcome taste buds for bad things.
Intimacy with Jesus.
Moving closer and closer and closer to Jesus is the only way to avoid/overcome tasty bad things that distract us from being close to Jesus.
Or as a nun who was falling in love with me about 40 years ago said in parting, "When we are tempted to something bad that will taste good but then hurt us and many around us, we must move to the...right."
Luther said no one can avoid temptations.
He said they are like birds flying over our heads; but, he encouraged, we don't have to allow them to build nests on our heads.
So the answer is not to pretend we're never tempted or hope temptations don't come our way or...
No one is immune to temptations; and temptations do not end until the roll is called up yonder.
The only answer is Jesus.
Intimacy with Him.
Being sooooooo close to Jesus that we are not distracted from Him.
That's/He's our only salvation from bad things that taste sooooooo good.
Nothing else works.
No one else works.
Staying close to Him is the only way to stay away from...
Blessings and Love!