Spiritual Coaching Vol 2 #36 Temptation…


This morning on the news I heard that New Orleans has imposed a curfew on Mardi Gras for anyone under sixteen. Mardi Gras has now been officially become “R” rated. In this celebration of excess people release their inhibitions and prepare for – what? The holy season of lent? Giving up pop, or chocolate, or coffee seem somewhat inferior sacrifices when compared to the pain some people are enduring in the world. Try giving up clean water, or living in home with heat, or even living on one meal a day. This is not a theme we hear much about. More people take the Mae West approach; as she once said, “I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.” There we go – that’s what we generally do – avoid it unless we can’t resist it.


Everyone is tempted. Jesus, lest we forget, was tempted. Temptation is not something that is outside us as much as inside. The selfish desires each human has are far worse than what the world offers to us as alluring and tempting. The Lord’s Prayer is translated a couple of ways, “Lead us not into temptation,” which is a bit misleading; as if God would want to tempt us. The newer version says, “Save us from the time of trial,” which seems more what we turn to God for. I might suggest another translation (although no one will ask me for it) which goes, “save us from our own self-interest and selfishness.” Here we have the essence of temptation. It is in resisting our own impulse to be selfish that we confront temptation.


Lent is a season to confront the tendencies of self-centeredness and focus on the hurts and hopes around you. It is a return to following The Way. It can be a time to learn what sacrifice is all about. I prefer it when people “take something on” instead of “giving something up.” What will you take on in order to make the world around you a better place. Perhaps it is just choosing an attitude of plenty. Becoming daily more thankful and grateful. People will notice. It wont even seem like Lent. Try it.

Be Well


About Denny Meyer

I've been a pastor, spiritual director, and spiritual coach and worked with thousands of people over the years. You can find the life the Creator intended for you. Contact me if you want to find out more.
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