Mirror, Mirror, Signal!
In our last post, I mentioned some tips that can be used to protect yourself from yourself. What about protecting yourself from others though? What does that look like? This reminds me of a golden rule I was taught when learning how to drive a car - "be mindful of others". You might be the best driver in the world but you have to be vigilant of those who may be driving recklessly or want to do you harm. With that said, I would like to share the following: Firstly, keep your distance. When driving it’s typically either two chevrons or two seconds distance between vehicles. In marriage (or relationships period), there needs to be some distance between you and some of those old acquaintances; the ones that can be a bit too familiar. You may be married now but it doesn’t mean they have forgotten what buttons to press to regain access to you. Keeping your distance is advisable as it reduces the possibility of creating any unwanted in roads. Secondly, don’t drink and drive. This point comes straight out of the book of 1 Peter 5:8, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” We all know what can happen when you get a little bit of drink in the system so being sober minded is important. A lack of control in a tempting environment can end very badly for you. Nobody wants that. Finally, check your blind spots. They are not easy to spot, which is why enlisting the help of a trusted passenger i.e. your spouse or close friend, could be helpful in this instance. Sometimes they have the ability to see things you cannot i.e. that platonic friend of yours that see’s you a bit more than a platonic friend. An extra pair of eyes wouldn’t go amiss in these scenarios. I’m pretty sure there are more tips and hints that can be suggested when speaking about managing temptation. What would you advise?