Growing up, I thought of temptation as overt. I thought that Satan would tempt me to do big things. These days some of the biggest temptations I face are seemingly tiny and insignificant. Previously I’ve mentioned that I use flossing me teeth as both an act of discipline and of worship and prayer. (Oh no, she’s writing a out flossing again! Stick with me, there’s a kernel of truth in here).
Sometimes, when I’ve stayed up to late, my mind will tell me to skip it and just go to bed. What’s the big deal? It’s just one night, right? Wrong. The truth is that, it’s not too late, and if it is, it’s because I chose to watch one more episode, read one more chapter or play one more game. So if I can read one more chapter, I can also take two minutes to floss my teeth. Why is this such a big deal to me? Because, this one little thing is an act of discipline that calls my will and flesh into line. The enemy knows that if he can derail me from this one little thing, it will be all the more difficult for me to show discipline in bigger things of more eternal importance. So, I choose to remind myself that it just takes two minutes to brush my teeth, and if I have time for that, I have time to spend two more minutes flossing, and two more minutes washing my face. Those few minutes of lost sleep are an investment in my spiritual training. Every time I crucify my flesh-with this minutiae, that spiritual muscle gets a little bit stronger, and I get a little bit better at resisting the next, bigger temptation.