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TEMPTATION

At the beginning of this Christian season of Lent we are reminded of the dangers of temptation which can be defined as a short-time urge for enjoyment and pleasure that can threaten a long-time achievement of a greater good. It involves a certain lack of self-control.

The word, of course, may have nothing to do with morality or ethics. One may say that a piece of food looks "tempting" even though eating it would result in no negative consequences.

I suppose we all experience temptations at one time or another. Part of growing up is to learn to overcome temptations and to choose right over wrong; that is, to achieve self-control. Many of us unfortunately fail in the effort as is clear from the number of gamblers, alcoholics, smokers, sex maniacs, and drunkards found among us.

I suppose temptation fits our true nature. It comes to us in accordance with the level of our controlling, inner nature. It is something we are bound to face simply by virtue of being human. It's not something we can escape; in actual fact it is essential to a well-rounded life of someone.

At least that's assuring. I know I'm not the only one who is often tempted!

Comments

i give in to the temptation of rocky road ice cream regularly : )
It doesn't make you any sweeter!
LOL!!
does it make me sharper?
intellect is all : )
Eve was framed! :o)