photoToday at the beginning of our 11:45 service I noticed a little green thing on the floor about a foot in front of me (see pic). It was a peanut M&M. If you’ve been around me for any meal, you know I have a ginormous sweet tooth/teeth. So this one stupid M&M had the power to distract me. My mouth literally started watering. I actually had a fleeting thought of reaching for it–lest anyone trip over it and injure themselves. One stupid peanut M&M. Able to tempt and distract. Temptation is one thing I look forward to not having to deal with in heaven. Nonetheless, I had an epiphany. If I were to succumb to this M&M’s temptation, I’d pacify my salivating sweet tooth, but I would look like a fool. Temptation dangles like a carrot in front of us, but one good question to ask before we give in to it is: do I want to look like a fool? If I watch porn, am I OK looking like a fool if I get caught? If I give in to the affair, cheat on a test, steal that money, whatever “it” may be…if I get caught…am I OK with the embarrassment being a fool?  Admittedly, this M&M illustration is cheesy. More seriously, if you’re being tempted, I leave you with a verse that has truly encouraged me when I’m tempted: 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 itFriend, you got this.

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