FROM THE PULPIT: Learn to resist temptation

Published: Monday, March 4, 2013 at 18:25 PM.

Before work, an overweight man always stopped by a bakery to buy goodies for coworkers’ coffee breaks.

One day, he decided it was time for a diet. To avoid the temptation of daily bakery visits, he devised a different route to work. Coworkers knew of his new plan and encouraged him in his diet.

However, one day, he arrived at work with a large box of doughnuts.

He said he had to run an errand in the neighborhood of the bakery. As he approached the bakery, he said to himself, "Maybe God wants me to stop by the bakery this morning and pick up some goodies for the office staff." So he prayed, "Lord, if you want me to stop at the bakery this morning, make a parking spot available right in front of the bakery so there is no question in my mind."

The man told his coworkers, "Sure enough, there was the parking spot right in front of the bakery. It took me eight trips around the block, but there it was!"

An interesting thing about temptations — we find them whenever we want to, and we don't have to look hard or long.

Often, all we have to do is open the refrigerator, turn on the computer or open the cabinet. Voila! There it is.



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