Dont Touch The Mallow!
I came acros a great post by Mark Anderson on the Resurgence site. Mark writes about resisting temptation and uses a great clip. Young kids are put in a room with a marshmallow and told that if they dont eat it for 20min then they can get a second mallow. Easy enough? No. These little boys and girls are forced to sit and stare at this sweet treat and resist the urge to take a bite. Some succede while others fail. You have to check it out.
I think of my ability to resist temptation. Sometimes I succede and sometimes I fail. I noticed how some kids would stare at the marshmallow, some would touch it, smell it even nibble it! How are they going to resist eating the thing when they get so dangerously close! There it is. I do the same thing. How can I resist temptation? Stay far, far away. I am sure you are familiar with the words that Paul wrote to the early Christians in Corinth.
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. 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 stand up under it. -1 Corinthians 10:13
We can resist because God is faithful. If marshmallows are your kryptonite then keep far away. In fact, I would recommend running in the opposite direction! Many of us need to pull a Joseph and run away from the sin that so easily entangles. How do you avoid temptation?