What is your Kryptonite?
You know how Superman is utterly powerful and has no weakness, except for the rare mineral Kryptonite? When he is in the presence of even a small pebble of Kryponite, he cowers and becomes like an ordinary human. Is there something like that in your life?
It could be a certain food, or better yet, a dessert. I love tiramisu. It is really hard for me to just have one piece. Or apple pie. Or brownies. Or chocolate chip cookies. Or ice cream. Or…okay…you get the picture…I love dessert. Every month at Community Night there is a table full of desserts, and I want to try a sample from each! Do I need any dessert? No. Is dessert healthy? No. It’s also not wrong to eat dessert in moderation, but I have a hard time saying “No” to not only the first helping, but the second…and sometimes the third. Maybe you know what I’m talking about!
Dessert is my Kryptonite. Well, it is probably more accurate to say that it is ONE of my Kryptonites. I can be tempted to waste time playing phone games, or watch too much TV. What is your Kryptonite? My guess is that we all have our own Kryptonite. More than likely those various Kryptonites are not just sweets, but might be deeper and darker, and we would be embarrassed to admit them.
What I am talking about are the temptations in life that tap into our cravings and desires, and we can feel powerless to say No to them. We might have been battling them for years or even decades, and we wonder if we’ll ever have victory. We might say No once or twice and have a smidgen of victory, but then we relapse and give in, feeling more shame than before. We can hate the struggle, want to be done with the struggle, and fight hard against the struggle, but in the end… still struggle.
Is there hope for us? Or do we just give in and say, “Well, that’s just what it means to be human”? There is hope for us, and I encourage you to see for yourselves by reading Galatians 5:16-26, as we begin a new sermon series on the Fruit of the Spirit, then check back to the blog next week as we begin talking about it.