I go to the church regularly; I like my Naples church. But I think father needs a little help motivating his congregation to keep us behaving until we see him again the next Sunday morning. So here it comes!
Luke 4. Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”
The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ’Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”
The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
We are born good. Numerous studies have shown that babies can discern between good and bad when watching the behavior and interaction of the “good” puppet with a “bad” puppet showing preference and affection for the good puppet. So if we are inherently good where all the bad behavior comes from?
Mental illness and addiction are few reasons why good people turn into bad. Good people are tempted daily by passing “naughty” thoughts. Usually we can shrug those thoughts off without being influenced by them until the moment of weakness. When we are hungry, when we are tired, when we are angry, when we are desperate for something we are in the danger zone.
Bad attracts more bad things into our lives. Nip it in the bud while you can. Avoid states of weakness. Make sure you eat healthy, exercise. Don’t drive yourself too hard, have plenty of rest. Remind yourself of all the wonderful things in your life so you are not desperate to fill the gap that may not even be there in first place. Each one of us is a complete, wonderful human being.