Temptation is a funny thing. On the surface, it sounds like a peril; a danger to be avoided. We can be tempted to do all sorts of things that aren’t good for us, or are perceived by others to not be good for us. Personally, I have a love-hate relationship with chocolate chip cookies. They tempt me all the time as they sit tantalizingly on the counter calling my name (in a voice ominously similar to Marilyn Monroe – but I digress). I generally give in about as easily Captain Jack falls asleep after his walk. Temptation wins just about every time.
However, temptation is not inherently evil. On the contrary, many times we are tempted and need give in just like I do with chocolate chip cookies. They can come in the form of being tempted to – Take a bold step outside your comfort zone and ask for help when you need it; Take a risk and bet on yourself to start your own business; Face your fear of public speaking and find your voice; Give your candid opinion when asked, rather than be concerned about looking bad; or decide to make a change in your life without fear of rejection or failure. You see temptations often speak in softer voices inside our heads, yet they are just as powerful as the vices that might charm us.
Bottom line – giving in to some temptations may just produce the same results as gooey chocolate chips melting in your mouth…sweet and worth the risk.
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