Lenten Challenge #1: Rebooting Your Approach to Temptation
“When temptation knocks this day for you, I hope you’ll listen…”
—Reverend Dr. Brad Motta
I never know what is going to come out of Pastor Brad’s mouth and I like it that way. Any preacher who invites people to “Dish with the Bish(op),” has a take on Lent that I want to hear.
When I consider temptations, I think about jettisoning them. I eliminated sugar from my diet. It took two nail biting weeks of chocolate chip cookies calling to me, as did the Sirens to Ulysses. But I slayed that sugar temptation and the cookies have gone mute.
However, sometimes things that are good for us tempt us. But we resist. Why? Sometimes, we are just too scared to try. Other times, we are content “to live life as it is, without accepting the challenge to make a change,“ as Pastor Brad says in his sermon. “Life tempts us to try some exciting challenging paths,” but sometimes we remain in our seats.
Certainly I am tempted to remain in my seat when it comes to taking myself seriously as a writer. Believe me, it is easier to write another networking email to a potential client rather than to pitch a story idea to an editor. Who knows where that could take me? Or not. Either way, SCARY.
But if you are looking for a Lenten Reboot, seek out the temptations that scare you. Pastor Brad asks, “What if you were to face your temptations today, the ones that call you to risk, to try something for the good of God’s kingdom, what might it be?”
Lent is a time to entertain new possibilities, to give into the temptation to try something new because as the preacher and poet, Edwin Hubbell Chapin says,
“The trouble with resisting temptation is that you may not get another chance.”
Modern Church Lady Reboot Challenge #1:
What temptation will you give into this Lent?
This is the first in a series of 5 Modern Church Lady Lenten Reboot Challenges. Come back next week for Lenten Reboot Challenge #2: Rebooting Your Approach to Food