February 15

Reflection

 

“See that you don’t tell this to anyone.” Instead he went out and began to talk freely,spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places.
Mark 1:40-45

Unwise impulses seem to come when we are vulnerable, when we are overly confident, or when we let our guard down. They usually aren’t between good and evil. We can easily discern that. These are more subtle. They may be between bad and worse or even between good and better. Sometimes they lead us to do the opposite of what we know is appropriate. Often, they may put an uncomfortable strain on a relationship. We do not call them temptations but rather choices that test the limits of our boundaries.

Prayer

May I act with foresight and speak with insight.
Proverbs 5:2

Action

What are my inner boundaries? How do I discern my limitations? What signals can I detect that I am making wrong choices?

Suggested Reading

The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.
Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once.
He said to him, “See that you tell no one anything,
but go, show yourself to the priest
and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed;
that will be proof for them.”
The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter.
He spread the report abroad
so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.
He remained outside in deserted places,
and people kept coming to him from everywhere.
Mark1:40-45

Keep watching and praying, that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Matthew 26:41

Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don’t fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.
Jim Rohn

One of the important things about temptation is, if I’m going to deal with it I’m going to have to recognize that this is an area of weakness in my life. I have been tempted here before and before and before.
Charles Stanley

You can develop good judgment as you do the muscles of your body – by judicious, daily exercise.
Grenville Kleiser

I am a master of logic and a powerfully convincing debater. In fact, against my better judgment, I can talk myself out of doing anything.
Jarod Kintz

The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason.
T. S. Eliot

If I maintain my silence about my secret it is my prisoner…if I let it slip from my tongue, I am its prisoner.
Arthur Schopenhauer

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