The Basics

Sometimes people ask me for help in their spiritual lives. They want wisdom for how to build their adult lives and what kind of practices they should adopt to help them stay strong in their faith. I tell them it’s not anything complicated or terribly insightful. Read the Bible. Pray. Memorize scripture so you can apply it to your life. Confess sin. Practice surrender. Do things that require faith. Talk about Jesus to other people. 

But today I remembered something that helped someone in a fresh way. I asked this person something a mentor had once asked me: When you think about your future, what will the temptation be for you? What will trap you? Get ahead of this. Start thinking of how to avoid the temptations that will surely come your way. 

I like thinking of how to strengthen myself against future temptation, in whatever form it could take.

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