From, ‘The Spiritual Life Journal. (Journey)’. (A personal journal entry- May 22-23, 2014.) By Timothy Baugh for April 9, 2019.

Once we admit any temptation into us it tends to poison our ‘whole Being’. It isn’t just ‘one thought, feeling, or action’ either! One thing will lead to another, and then another, and then another like an avalanche that comes crashing down upon us. Call it the “Dominoes Effect”; everything comes all at once and we collapse under the weight of it. All our senses become affected, and we end up the loser. What happens thereafter will either alleviate or exacerbate the problem. So, how do we solve it?   It would be so easy to ignore our character flaws and faults. After all: “It’s just Human Weaknesses that we all have, right?” No, not exactly. Some of us have an innate predisposition to certain addictions, compulsions, and obsessions. The actions and behavior that follows are then “predetermined”: as if ‘in our genes’, so to speak. Other of us ‘consciously’ and ‘willfully’ choose to indulge in habitual ‘patterns of thoughts and feelings’.  Then there are attitudes and behavioral expressions that are either ‘overtly or covertly’ “impressed” upon us by society, parents, teachers, friends, Loved Ones, or ourselves. Regardless of where the stimulus comes from; personal responsibility for one’s own ‘soul activity’ is a must! As Solomon so wisely says: “The man who lacks self-control is like a city whose walls are broken through: and therefore he has no protection, and is easily invaded.” (My paraphrase.*See Proverbs 25:28.)   The strong man, so Jesus says: ‘Keeps watch over his house so that it will not be ‘broken into’ by the thief. Let us heed the warning and: “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23. 

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