Today’s Christian Inspiration comes to you from the book of Luke.
Luke 17: 1 – 2 (NIV)
“1 And He said to his disciples, ‘Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! 2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin…’”
As a single woman in the 21st Century, let me tell you, it is hard to keep from stumbling. Taken a step further, I don’t want to be responsible for causing someone else to stumble. I look at my three children (I have two sons who are 18 and 17, and a daughter who is 13) and I can genuinely say that they help shape me into being a better person. When it comes to weighing what I know is right, good, and just, as opposed to what I want to do, they come to mind.
As a parent, I never want to be one who says, “Do as I say, not as I do.” Not only will that not work, your children WILL do what they SEE that YOU do, but I believe this hypocritical mentality undermines one’s credibility and causes a disjoint between parent and child(ren).
It’s not always easy being a parent. There are numerous calls for sacrifice which cover the wide range of financial, physical, and mental. Add to that, spiritual, and we’ve come full circle. However, we CAN do it. (Can means able.) Christ, in whom we find our strength, has given us the ability, tools, and know-how of escape. He says in I Timothy 3:16 (NIV)
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.
Often times, the “way out” is to run. I once remarked to an individual that when I feel like I am being tempted, test, or tried, I put on my Nikes and run like the wind. Most importantly, I try not to look back. I have learned, after falling and bumping my head several times, that God’s plan for me is always better than my plan for myself. I’m learning, for I have not yet “arrived”, to trust Him and His ways.