Phew this is a biggie isn’t it. This is a topic that sometimes people will slide around. Or if they do discuss it I’ve found that they’ll talk about it as an easy thing to battle. But it isn’t. Temptation is an incredibly difficult thing to battle and can be the cause of many of our problems in life. And I will be talking about it as a young teenager who has himself battled with temptation and sin a lot in his life and still does.
By Anthony Geleynse
Firstly Satan and his demons are crafty. And they don’t play fair. They don’t tempt you when your in Church or on a retreat when your at a spiritual high. And when you make a resolve to not sin or to go on a diet they don’t attack you right away. No they wait until you are at your weakest and unready. When your tired, or hungry, or just bored. Metaphorical example: Your really hungry and nothing in the kitchen looks good when suddenly you see the half bag of chips. You’ve just made a resolve last week to go on a diet, but it just looks so good. Suddenly you can taste what they are going to taste like and they taste exactly like what your looking for. Nobody is around… and no one will notice a few missing… And suddenly just like that you have broken your diet and are happily eating chips.
So how do you battle this temptation to fall into sin. How do you keep to your resolve to not sin and to live for God. The number one tool is prayer. Now if you are a person who can keep a good resolve and continue a strong prayer life then Whoopee! Your well on your way for the battle of temptation. Prayer keeps you connected with God and a steady prayer life will incite in you a stronger need to do good and resist temptation.
But… what if you can’t keep a prayer life going? What if you don’t see to have the time, or you just get bored or something. The best way to keep up a prayer life is to start it as a group. If you have someone else who you pray with be it your brother or your friend or you mom or anybody it will help you both to keep it up. It keeps it as an engagement you don’t want to miss. Now keep this up. Even if it’s 5 minutes a day. Even if it’s 2 minutes. Just keep it up. Now if you can keep it up for a month you can move on. From there you can start to expand the amount of time. Until it grows to be so regular and important it’s something you don’t want to let go of in your life.So this is just one of the tools to battle temptation with. Another good one is to tell people. This one is incredibly difficult. Way more difficult then starting a prayer life. Because we never want to open ourselves up to anyone. Our sins are a very personal part of our life that we just don’t want to tell people about. But if you do tell someone about (make sure it’s someone you trust) then they can help keep you on track and steer you away from sin.
And the biggest thing you must remember is that no one is perfect. Everyone sins. Everyone sins and is tempted to sin every day. Not just you, or your friends, but your parents and your priest and everyone. You may not be able to see it or think of what it could be but they do. No matter how religious or holy people look they are all tempted and sin. So these are my words of encouragement. You are not alone. You are not a bad person. Just because you always fall back into sin does not make you a bad person. And so keep trying. Keep striving to reach that goal, bringing yourself closer and closer to a holy life with God.
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