That’s what we tell ourselves when we are temped, just a little bit won’t hurt. Examples of temptations range from fear to gambling and everything in between. We all know what they are and the ones that are most tempting to us. The other day I was in the grocery store going down the chips isle and I paused in front of the Fritos section. They had a regular size bag and then they had the family size. I played out in my mind what would happen if I bought that family sized bag. I knew I would eat half that bag when I got home. So, for me and Fritos, just a little bit doesn’t work.
Taking the the Fritos example a little further, a little bit leads to a little more and then a little more and before you know it, the whole bag is gone. Obviously, I am using the Fritos as a metaphor for many other harmful temptations we all know. I have found, while it is hard to do, saying no at the beginning is a lot easier than saying no after you give in.
Satchel Paige was one of the greatest baseball payers of all time and he was asked one day about his exercise regimen. He replied, “when I feel like exercising, I just lay down until the feeling leaves me.” Ha. Taking his advice, when we are tempted to give in just a little bit, step away until the feeling leaves you. KT