Flirting With Disaster
“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” -1 Corinthians 10:13
How many times do we flirt with something in our lives that has the potential to be sinful and can snowball into something so much bigger?
There are many ways we flirt with disaster. By talking negatively, by interacting with the wrong people, by pushing away those who love you, by finding time for everything in your life before your family, by taking one more drink, or one more toke, by being too touchy feely with your boyfriend or girlfriend. Stop flirting with disaster!
My focus today is more on the too touchy feely part. I loved attention from guys in school. If they wanted to hold my hand that was fine with me, it made me feel loved, needed, and wanted. We all want to feel those ways. I didn’t think about how it looked to everyone else or what opinion I may be giving to others about myself. Getting ready for a road trip with the youth at church one year, I remember my boyfriend putting his hand on my leg rubbing it with his thumb. My Uncle thankfully was on that trip with me and told him to keep his hands to himself. I am thankful for that because at some point a line could have been crossed and once the line is crossed whether in your mind or outwardly – it is sin. I have seen a lot of inappropriate touch between teens and it hurts my heart. Rubbing, touching, kissing, sitting in each others laps. A lot of the things I have seen are ways adults act in marriages. You may think I sound like a controlling parent but I am only speaking from experience. I was a teenager once, these things may not be sex but they will make your struggle to remain sexually pure hard and in many instances they will lead to sex. These things have led to a list of regrets in my life, seriously. I have not been a teen for over 26 years. I have been married for 12 years and have two beautiful children and the devil still brings to my mind the mistakes I made in my teenage years. Avoiding pitfalls is serious.
The people you hang around may have already had sexual experiences which means you should take extra precautions because of peer pressure. Once you have had experiences it is easy to fall again. Focus on your relationship with God the way He intended. Recognize “flirting with disaster” for what it truly is in the beginning. Know that sin will take you places you never intended to go, it will keep you there longer than you wanted to stay and the cost will be more than you ever thought possible.
Does God forgive us and erase the slate immediately when we seek his forgiveness? Yes he does! I praise God for his amazing grace daily. Yet when you have one experience after another, it is not that easy. As a teen there are things I did that I never thought I would do. Things that caused loss of trust with people I love, things that caused my word to always be questioned. The consequences of sin are always more than what we think when we are in the act of sin. If there is sin in your life causing slippery slopes that you have been flirting with call them out for what they are and bring them into the light. You know where your pitfalls can be. Think about those pitfalls and how you have been handling them. Find someone you can talk to, confide in, and pray with. -Proverbs 11:14 If you are honest about how you are feeling, pitfalls can be avoided. Temptations is temptation because it is appealing. Godly counsel and encouragement will help you. If you are in a relationship that is teetering on inappropriate you should put an end to it. Have people in place to help you.
Temptation or opportunities to flirt with disaster will come your way throughout life. You can be sure of it. When they do and you can see them for what they are-flee as fast as you can. Also remember to look for the way out that God has promised to provide.
Stop flirting with disaster!