Sensible people, I salute you (or something a little less...military. Rephrase: Sensible people, I raise a slice of cake to you) because it’s not always easy, being sensible.
A lot of people would disagree, confusing the sensible with the safe, easy or boring option. But there is a big difference between safe, easy, boring and sensible:
Not jumping off a cliff if all your friends were doing the same, just like your mother questioned you about – safe.
Getting a takeaway instead of cooking actual food – easy/lazy.
Not skydiving from a plane into the ocean – boring to the max.
Choosing not to be one of those crazy people that runs 12 marathons in a day - sensible
You see, there's a difference. Make the wrong decision and you could end up being scraped off the side of a road three quarters of the way into your sixth marathon of the day (5 points for making it that far though).
I am sensible (most of the time - ignore anything my family might like to tell you)*. I can’t help it. It’s part of who I am. When it comes to those pivotal moments in life I seem to always take the sensible option, quite often without even realising it was one.
But sometimes being sensible requires you to look at the choices at hand, weigh the possible consequences and then make a decision.
Sometimes being sensible requires you to look temptation in the face and walk away.
It's not always easy being sensible.
And we are an unsatisfied people. Choosing to look at life through the rosy glasses of hindsight and sigh over 'If only I hadn't...' or 'What if I had...'
“No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. After all...you find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness — they have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means — the only complete realist.”
On the days in which sensible prevails, I thank the God who makes us stronger than we think we are.
On the days in which temptation wins, I am thankful for a God who understands temptation and accepts pleas for forgiveness.
*Sensible is right up there next to 'nice' in my list of least favourite character descriptions. nice is so bland - its like frozen yoghurt without the fun toppings or flavours.