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“I wonder how many bad choices and severe consequences could have been averted if that three word statement had been applied.” page 41. What is that three word statement?
Think It Over!
This statement jumped out at me. As I read this statement I sat for a moment and looked back at all the times I had the feeling of my conscience telling me “walk away” and yet I never did. Instead I ate another sweet and sugary snack, I bought yet another thing that I didn’t need and I crawled into bed to forget the world. I have spent a lot of my life fighting what I need to do and what I want to do. Let me tell you it’s exhausting – I feel defeated before I even begin.
Why is it so hard? This statement helped me to realize two things: (1) I don’t usually stop and think over my actions, I allow my feelings to give into the temptation and (2) I don’t have an accountability partner. Therefore, I once again let my feelings tell me it’s okay – just this once and I give into the temptation. and of course the “next time” I already forgot all the other “just this once” times.
I am not living as 1 Peter 5:7-8 says “Be self-controlled and alert.” I allow the moment to control me instead of preparing for the moment when temptation will strike.
I need people in my life who will hold me accountable in love, in prayer and remind me that God will be fighting the temptation if I just give it over to Him and do my part only. I need people who are willing to say the things to me that I need to hear, not to sugar coat it for me. I need people who will learn the worst about me but yet see the potential I have and encourage me to see it too! I need people who won’t let me give up in a moment of desperation.
I need people who are willing to be tough (in a lovingly way) on me and when I try to make excuses, to ask me the question “are you being truthful to yourself and to God?” Someone who won’t let me get away with excuses. But yet people who will love me and cheer me on even when I fail.
I need accountability in my life! How about you?