What do you think the very best plan for a new “you” would be? Exercise? Diet? Zumba? (uh no . . . just no) For me the best plan for a new me, is God’s plan.
Our youth pastor taught a lesson a few weeks ago to help our students deal with some of the temptations that face them every day. I know we are not teenagers (or maybe some of you are teenagers that follow my blog, I shouldn’t discriminate).
This exercise requires a pen or pencil and a sheet of notebook paper. I’ll wait while you go find one.
Look under the couch . . .I think I saw a pencil under there yesterday.
Down the side of the page (leave about 7-8 lines between each) write these words.
Now think of just ONE thing that you are tempted with. Something that you truly struggle with, or that you feel your life would be sooo much better if you were not faced with this temptation anymore. It may be a temptation that you give in to and that makes you feel guilty and you have to ask God to forgive you of this one sin all the time. Beside the word “WHAT” write that down.
Don’t cheat or look at your neighbor’s paper. This is for you ONLY!
Now, thinking of just that ONE temptation, when are you tempted the most. Think about the time of day or the day of the week when you are faced with this temptation in your life. Maybe it’s lunchtime everyday. Maybe it’s Friday nights. Beside the word “WHEN” write it down.
Okay, where are you most likely to be when you are faced with this temptation? Is it at school, work, church, restaurant, outside, in your bedroom. Sitting on the couch. Wherever you are when you are faced with this temptation . . . write this beside the word “WHERE”.
(Are you catching the pattern yet?)
Now thinking of this one temptation and only this ONE thing you wrote beside “WHAT” at the top of the page . . . who are you with when you are faced with this temptation? Friends, girl-friend, best friend, strangers, or are you alone? Write that down beside the word “WHO”.
Almost done. Now think about this temptation are what motivates you to give in to it. Are you depressed when you give in to this? Are you angry? Are you just feeling sorry for yourself? Be honest. Why do you do it? Write it down beside the word “WHY”.
Whew! Okay. Now take a look at that sheet of paper. Go on, I know it’s ugly but look at it. What do you think?
The Bible says that when we are faced with temptation we should RUN!
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 1 Timothy 6:11
First you must ask God to help you with this temptation. Pray and ask Him to help you as you struggle with this temptation. But even God knows that if you keep doing the same things and expect different results, it’s just crazy.
Maybe you need to find someplace new to hang out. Maybe you need to get some new friends. Sometimes it takes making something visual *(like writing it down) to realize all the parts and how to work on them . . .for real.
There maybe some of those things you can’t change. Like you have to go to school, right? So change one of the other things instead. Change what time you are around certain people. Change those certain people. Small changes can make a big difference.
Now even though some of us are no longer teenagers we are all still faced with temptations . . . oh I’m sorry or are YOU perfect?
This little exercise may be the last exercise plan you ever need. Conquering one temptation at a time with God’s help, we can all grow closer to Christ. (Psst! I think that’s what we are supposed to be doing.)