“It’s not about being impressive, interesting or smart, it’s about being like Jesus.”
I love this sentence Bethany used to close out her reflection on chapter 22 last time.
I always find it interesting that Jesus snaps at the disciples when they doze off. It’s hard to stay awake when you’re praying at night! I fall asleep anywhere and struggle to stay up past 9pm. I remember one night I was in an intense meeting late at night (intense in a summer-camp-staff sort of way), trying not to doze off. The camp director sternly instructed us to get ourselves into a position that will keep us awake.
I had been sitting on the floor, my back against the wall and my arms piled up on my knees. I opted to stand up, sway back and forth, and pop a piece of gum in my mouth. It was less comfortable, and took more work, but I stayed awake and alert.
It’s a simple analogy, but sometimes we forget to set ourselves up for success and avoid temptation.
What do you struggle with? How are you actively preventing the temptation to fall into it?
Try to set up some action steps to get yourself into a position that will help you succeed against resisting it.