As we have just celebrated the 75th anniversary of D-Day and The Greatest Generation, I thought about what made them so great. I think it was their deep faith that lead to self-reliance in a time of The Great Depression and the world at war against an evil regime. My parents were in that group who grew up poor financially, but rich in spirit. They worked hard to have a better life and to leave the world a better place. It seems today we are faced with especially difficult times as well with great conflicts all over the world and an economy that dances around a major collapse. It is time for “greatness” to reappear and lead this country back on the right path.
“If we are tempted by such trials, we must not say, “This temptation comes from God.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, and he himself tempts no one.”
James 1:13 GNT
Temptation is the desire to engage in short-term urges for pleasure that may threaten long-term goals. In some religions, temptation is the inclination to sin. This desire may result from coaxing someone into committing such an act, by manipulation.
Everyday I am tempted by something and often I succumb to the urge and often it leaves me feeling empty and sad. To me, this is life’s greatest struggle. Intellectually I know the right answer, but sometimes my spirit becomes self centered and forgets to stay aligned with The Spirit.
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for apart from me ye can do nothing.”
John 15:5 ASV
Growing up I remember my sister saying that what is in you comes out when squeezed—our real selves have to be tested in order to know who we really are. And the fruit we bear is dependent on who we are. Wow, many years later, I am just beginning to understand all the meanings behind that truth.