I have a personal training client that I see three times a week. He is about 100 lbs over weight and struggles with some compulsive eating behaviors. He is also a man of God and told me this morning that from his point of view, temptation is the devil at work. So I suggested to him that maybe temptation is a gift from God. Initially the idea was a stretch for even me but the longer we talked about it, the more sense it made.
Temptation is an opportunity to make the right choice…walking away from the ice cream in the freezer because you want to lose weight is the right choice. I like to think that doing the right thing moves you closer to what you believe in…over time, it defines your character. We need those challenges, those tests of character to grow our souls and reach our full potential.
Temptation is part of the design. It’s a lesson we learn over and over again throughout our lives. We aren’t faced with temptation so we can fail…we are continually faced with temptation so we can learn to succeed.
I think it is a gift. What do you think?