Run the Right Direction

Run away from all those things.
            —1 Timothy 6:11

Elizabeth’s three children were quiet. Too quiet. Checking on them, she found them feeding a brood of baby skunks. “Run kids, run!” she screeched. Each grabbed a skunk and ran.

When temptation comes knocking at your door, it’s time to put on your running shoes—leaving bad-smelling behavior behind.

God won’t let any temptation be too big for you (1 Cor 10:13).

When Joseph was faced with the sexual advances of Potiphar’s wife, he hightailed it away from the house (Gn 39:12). When the prodigal son was lured by bright lights and loose women, he ran toward the pigpen life (Lk 15:11–13).

Temptation is inevitable and will hit you where you’re most vulnerable. It’s up to you which way you run—from it, or toward it.

In the battle with temptation,
whether you win or lose is up to you.