Winter has finally come to North Carolina. Last Sunday we had our first “winter storm” which was really just a little bit of sleet. Today we are supposed to have another winter storm. I think snow is fun to be in, but in North Carolina it is also kind of annoying. People in North Carolina panic when there is even the slightest hint that there may be snow. They rush to the grocery store and buy all the milk and bread, and then go home and get bunkered down like it is the end of the world. But I think the worst part is that North Carolinians don’t know how to drive in a winter storm.
When there is a winter storm in North Carolina, it seems like the roads become one giant game of bummer cars. During winter storms there are tons of wrecks. I’ve lived in North Carolina for a majority of my life and I’ll be the first to admit that I am not the greatest driver in the snow or ice, mainly because I don’t have a lot of experience with it. But that is not the main reason I will not drive in the snow. The main reason I won’t is because of all the other drivers that are over-confident in their abilities to drive in the bad weather. I know how to be cautious and careful when driving in a storm, but too many people act as if they are driving on normal, dry roads. We had a storm a few years ago and I had someone tell me they went driving on the ice just so they could slide around. They were from Florida and it was their first time driving in a snow storm. I let them know they were pretty fortunate to not have been in a wreck. So during winter storms I stay off the roads to avoid the dangers of the roads, but mainly the dangers of other people driving.
In life, there are times where I am over-confident about my abilities to do things. Especially when it comes to dealing with sin. Instead of avoiding situations that I will be tempted in, I think I can just handle it. Then I end up sinning and getting the rude awakening that I am not as strong as I thought. 2 Timothy 2:22 tells us to “run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts.” If the Bible tells me to run, I don’t know why I think I can handle it.
I think as Christians we all want to believe that we are strong enough to deal with temptations. However, the truth is that we really are not. Instead of trying to deal with temptation, we just need to run from it. We need to remove those things in our lives that tempt us. Whether it is a friend we hang out with, music we listen to, movies we watch, or whatever it is, we need to get it out of our life. Let’s not be like the drivers in North Carolina who think they can handle it and end up in a wreck. Let’s run from the temptations and avoid the wrecks all together!