I Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 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 endure it.
I am once again drawn to Dr. Strange today. In the very beginning, we see the “bad guys” coming to steal forbidden ancient magic. When the Ancient One attempts to stop them they call her a hypocrite. ***SPOILER ALERT**** We find out later the Ancient One has been alive for a VERY long time because of using forbidden ancient magic.
It is the beginning of a new school year and we have passed a new school rule. No Cellphones in Class! If you are seen with a cell phone you are sent to your dean where they will confiscate the phone until a parent comes to get it. On the first day when this was announced you would have thought we were taking their lives away from them.
I look around the many classrooms and students, for the most part, are complying. We have the occasional text peaker. When they are caught most teachers give them the warning and it is put away. However, we have a few who are pressing every limit they can and get sent to the dean.
I had to laugh a little when I heard the teachers getting so angry over the students who try to peak or even all out start texting in class. I set in meetings all of the time and look around and see lots of peakers and all out texter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest checkers. The same complainers!
Now, before you think I am going all “I am so Holy” and pointing fingers please know I am typing this when I should be in a meeting. So, no judgment from me!
We all tend to use “yeah but” excuses when we try to push the limits. Many times we start out just rubbing up against temptations. Then we stick that toe out. Before you know it we have jumped the line and are full out sinning.
Like the Ancient One, we may say, yeah but we did it for the greater good or didn’t think it would hurt anything. Only later we find out it not only hurt us but others as well. For the Ancient One, it hurt lots of people and even lost a faithful follower and friend to the dark side.
I am going to try harder to remember there are always eyes watching and small things quickly snowball into big things.
I can guarantee if you give Satan an inch, he will take a mile! So let’s stop before the millimeter instead!
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