Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Matthew 4:3-4

Now when the tempter came, to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread”

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”

What are my tempters? What are MY temptations? Of course, I’m not being commanded to turn bread in to stones to prove my power, identity and worth. But thinking back on this verse my personal tempters are constantly commanding me to do something or be someone straying me from the Lord.
Recently, I have found myself more attentive to my eating habits. Not that I have become obsessive about it or anything, but living in England has really put a damper on my regular workout routine.
No gym + rainy, cold, weather x 7 days a week + potatoes served at every meal – spare time = no workout
Hence, the need to watch what I eat. Denise Austin may have a plan for a Yoga body in 21 days, but that’s when you have a close to Yoga body to begin with. Just being honest.

But throughout the day I catch myself thinking “Taylor, If you are strong enough, You won’t eat that scone for breakfast……or that biscuit at tea……or even that delicious looking warm brownie screaming my name with a flashing neon light saying ‘PICK ME!’ in the lunch line”

So what is my tempter? The cookie itself? Or is it my own thought process? I am thinking that if I am strong enough I will not eat the cookie, when I should be focusing not on the cookie to prove my strength but rather turning to the Lord in all tempting situations to prove my strength.

I know this is kind of a silly topic to relate to this verse but I could go even further and use it with bigger issues like work related situations, relationships and friendships. All in which at some point or another command things of me. Man shall not live by material things and selfish commands made of him by tempters but by the word of God. That is the true struggle. But I guess even realizing that is half the battle.

1 comment:

Christi Lenihan said...

Hi Taylor!

So I just read all the posts on your blog and I'm happy to hear you're having a good time in London. I can totally relate with you on the whole eating-thought-process thing and you gave me a new way of looking at it. :)

Enjoy your time there - I'm totally jealous that you are becoming a grown up in such a cool place, unlike me here in Houston. Call me when you get back, I'd love to catch up and hear about all your adventures in person. I miss you and your craziness!


PS - I was telling someone about Bob a couple days ago and was literally laughing out loud. Oh, living in the house was never dull!