Often we make excuses for our weaknesses, or blame others. The poet wrote, An enemy I strove to know, he dogged my steps wherever I'd go. My plans he baulked and blocked my way, to lofty goals he answered Nay! Till I from him the veil did draw, I looked and lo myself I saw. When John Wesley's students met each week they would ask each other these four questions: (1) What sins have you committed since we last met? (2) What temptations have you faced? (3) How were you delivered? (4) What have you thought, said or done, of which you are uncertain whether it is sin or not? Those four questions will keep you spiritually alert, and on track.
Paul writes: When you are tempted, [God] will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. In her essay A Way Out, Portia Nelson writes: I walk down the street. There's a hole in the sidewalk and I fall in. I'm lost; it isn't my fault. It takes me forever to get out. I walk down the street again. There's a hole in the sidewalk but I pretend I don't see it, so I fall in again. I can't believe I'm in the same place; still, it isn't my fault. I walk down the street again. There's a hole in the sidewalk. I see it, but I still fall in it's a habit. But now my eyes are open and I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately. I walk down the street. There's a hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it. Finally, I walk down a different street!
Published on Sunday, August 21, 2011 @ 11:11 PM CDT