Head in the sand?

My friend, may I ask you a question? When it comes to temptation do we tell ourselves that this one last time will be it and that tomorrow I will be stronger and able to stand up better against it? Is this a workable solution? Does tomorrow ever reap that kind of benefit or do we just have our heads buried in the sand?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

One of my wife’s favorite phrases is: “Don’t let it nickel and dime you to death!” She uses it frequently with me since I am of the habit of sticking with things, always hoping that today’s repair will be tomorrow’s well-working, well-oiled machine. I have a long history of making small repairs, make-do fixes, and gerry rigged devices to just keep things going. These seldom worked the way I had wanted them to. Unfortunately, she has often been right. The car that I keep putting minor repairs into almost inevitably becomes the car that eventually breaks down with the big repair. Then, since I am pretty much locked into the situation by circumstance, I have to bite the bullet and make the expensive repair after-all.

So it often is with temptation. We tell ourselves that this one last time will be it and that tomorrow I will be stronger and able to stand up better against it. As with car repairs it’s seldom a workable solution. Rarely if ever does tomorrow reap that kind of benefit.

Here’s a story: Men who trap animals in Africa for zoos in America say that one of the hardest animals to catch is the ring-tailed monkey. For the Zulus of that continent, however, it’s simple. They've been catching this agile little animal with ease for years. The method the Zulus use is based on knowledge of the animal. Their trap is nothing more than a melon growing on a vine. The seeds of this melon are a favorite of the monkey. Knowing this, the Zulus simply cut a hole in the melon, just large enough for the monkey to insert his hand to reach the seeds inside. The monkey will stick his hand in, grab as many seeds as he can, then start to withdraw it. This he cannot do. His fist is now larger than the hole. The monkey will pull and tug, screech and fight the melon for hours. But he can’t get free of the trap unless he gives up the seeds, which he refuses to do. Meanwhile, the Zulus sneak up and nab him. (Source Unknown.)

Compromising with sin leads only to more sin, not less. As we sometimes need to draw the line with how often we are going to make repairs on that old car, so it is with us and temptation. We need to draw the line and say no further. Tomorrow is a great time to look forward to, except not when we treat it as greener grass than today. There will be no tomorrows or broken promises to ourselves. The problem with temptation is that once we have our fist around it, it is very difficult to let go. With temptation its best not to stick our hand in the melon in the first place. You might as well bury your head in the sand. Tomorrow never comes.

We pray. Heavenly Father, let the light of your eternal love now fall upon my passing days. Oh holy God, let the light of your perfect righteousness fall upon all my sinful ways. Oh most merciful God, let the light of your love pierce to the most secret corners of my heart and overcome the darkness of sin within me. Forgive me Lord for putting off repentance and contrition until another time. Ignoring sin for another day is not only wrong, it is foolish. In Jesus name we pray. Amen! (http://www.beliefnet.com/prayers/christian/forgiveness/prayer-to-overcome-sin–adalpted)

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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