Temptation strikes us all. Sometimes we clearly see the large choices that could lead us to betray our values and what we stand for in our character and faith. Often our temptations are not pulling us to commit a major transgression – just the opportunity to cut a corner or do something we think slides under the ethical radar. These moments are unavoidable for us. It’s part of our human condition. Where does God work in our times of temptation? Perhaps in our decisions or in how we think about the consequences of what we will do. Perhaps God is helping us to backpeddle when we begin to make the wrong choices and quickly realize we need an about face. Most of all, God helps us to remember who we are, and what we stand for, which can guide us through times of temptation. I remember one response someone advised me to speak in the face of temptation. Just say, “Don’t be silly…. “ when someone invites you to do what you’re fairly sure is wrong.

Have you ever felt been tempted to do the right thing and struggled with it? Maybe to go the extra mile or to help someone you know will require a bit more time and effort? Those are good things to give into, but we still have to wrestle with our choices and what they will ask of us. This Sunday, our youth will lead worship at all three services: 8, 9:30 and 11:15 am. We always look forward to their participation and witness as they help us to understand how faith is working in their lives. It will be a time for us to think hard about how the church nurtures the gift of faith in our young people, as they reflect with us on what temptation means for them. We have been blessed by a strong commitment to youth ministry and we will celebrate that good work this Sunday as we worship the God of all ages.

 

Rev. Dr. Dave Summers, Senior Pastor
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
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