“Our greatest gifts can be the source of our greatest temptations.” (p.72) Have you found these words to be true? Living in a reflective way can help us see and avoid the pitfalls of such temptations. When you think about it, temptation is not bad. It can actually afford us with the opportunity for growth and clarity.
Look at the stories of Jesus in the wilderness… facing the temptation to use his gifts to bring fame and fortune to himself instead of using them for God’s purposes. In meeting those temptations head-on, Jesus clarified his mission and purpose in life and was strengthened to face more temptation in his daily living. That wilderness time was surely challenging, yet without it, would he have had the fortitude to face his own persecution and death for the sake of something greater?
What are your temptations? And what are your wilderness experiences? When do you have the opportunity to clarify who you are and what you are called to in your life? These are definitely questions for Lent.