“Watch and pray so that you don’t fall into temptation.    For the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”   ~Matthew 26:41

   In pondering Jesus’ words, it occurred to me that he doesn’t say, “Don’t be tempted.” Why? Because temptation happens–we will be tempted (even Jesus was). Instead, he says, “Watch and pray so that you don’t fall into it.” I had to laugh. Suddenly it wasn’t forbidden fruit I pictured, but dog poop. Now, when I pray Matthew 26:41 (roughly fifty times a day), I think:

“Hey, temptation happens, but you don’t have to step in it!”


About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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18 Responses to Temptation

  1. Great concept. I’ll be sharing this on my church Facebook feed.

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  2. Exactly – watch where you’re stepping.

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  3. Or rub your face in it.

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  4. Ah yes…I smell what you’re steppin’ in.

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  5. numrhood says:

    create thee a clean heart
    renew a spirit
    to fall unto the mountains of israel
    matthew 51:16
    matthew 16:51
    matthew 39:##
    praise the lord
    you are beautifully made


  6. Hetty Eliot says:

    I like how that poop believes himself to be very tempting.

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  7. smzang says:

    oh, so true, and a great reminder, you offer. Thank you!!

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  8. Cindy Dawson says:

    I will never be able to get this out of my head!! Blessings Mitch!

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  9. boromax says:

    Right on, Brother! Preach it! Pile it on!

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