1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Temptation is on my mind as I wake this morning. Our six year old had a very mature discussion with me on our walk home from the bus stop earlier this week. He said, “mom, I do not think I should take tempting things to school. I just can’t not play with them.” You see, he had a special small notebook taken from him last week, and a set of stickers occupied his off-task time this week apparently. He’s in the first grade. His teachers are wonderful. They are moms. They take away temptation so that our children can focus on the teacher.
We all face temptation, and we sin. Jesus is our Teacher, and if we fix our eyes on him versus the distractions we will remain obedient. The Bible talks about temptation because it is common to men (and women…remember Eve?)…
As a mom I see temptation in myself, my children, and my husband.
Me and other Moms…
We are tempted to compare ourselves with other women: clothing, jewelry, shoes, how we educate our kids, decorate our homes, and what other women are posting on social media.
We are tempted to choose screen time over time with our children or spouse.
We are tempted to push too hard to be perfect. God knows we are cracked, and he still sees us as beautiful. I strive too hard sometimes versus resting in His peace.
Dads and Men…
They are tempted to compare themselves to other men as well. Wanting more money for their family via a better job, someone else always seems to have it easier.
Tempted to zone out in their man caves versus going into the wild of home life with their spouses and children.
Tempted to read the news and social media versus God’s Word; the Bible sits still. They used to read when teachers told them too, but when it is their own choice they go it alone. It seems to be in their head, but it is not in their hands or heart.
Tempted to become mad, angry, and narcissistic versus showing Love…His Love to others (especially siblings).
They are tempted to spend all their money (kind of sounds like my problem too…modeling that one poorly I guess). They want more…toys, candy, and books. Things become valued more than people.
They struggle with the temptation to play instead of work. Making messes is far superior to helping clean them up. Being outdoors is way more fun than attending the disasters that we just leave in our house. Chores are not worth the dime or nickel each pays out in our family.
Temptation is a lingering beast. It is always there. We choose. God in us gives us the power to choose well. Thankfully when we choose poorly, He loves us (loves me) anyway. Praise God! Go forth into this day praying, meditating on God’s Word, and knowing that you are not alone…ever.