The Perils of The Path of Least Resistance – blogpost
The path of least resistance is not the route that will lead you to recover from sexual addiction. It is that path with signs along the way like …
- Take the Easy Way Out
- The Quicker the Better
- Instant Achievement This Way
- Shortcuts are the way to the Top
- Let Go and Let God
If you look at anyone who has achieved anything of significance you will find they all have one thing in common … they put in the hard work. Now some people are simply gifted, and their natural abilities make success easier for them.
For example, having lived in Ohio since 1999 I have been able to watch the career of LeBron James. He was the first High School Sophomore to be chosen as Ohio’s Mr. Basketball and to be selected to the USA Today All-USA First Team. In his Junior year, he made the cover of Sports Illustrated being the first underclassman to do so. Time Warner Cable offered his games on pay-per-view his Senior year.
The list could go on and on, but my point is this … even as talented as LeBron James was and is, he still had to go to practice. He put in countless hours honing his skills to maximize his abilities and has become one of the greatest basketball players ever. Next up will be his 8th-grade son Bronny James who will be playing on the High School JV team because rules will not allow him to play on the varsity.
Me, on the other hand, have been the master of finding the path of least resistance. Most of my life I have looked for the easier way to get things done. Running laps around the basketball court in High School I had four opportunities on every lap to cut the corners and not stay completely outside the lines. I was great at figuring out the fastest and easiest way do things. Though this talent can be good in some areas it can be deadly in others.
In seeking to recover from our sexual brokenness it is extremely important that we do not take the path of least resistance. There is no shortcut to sobriety. It takes work every day and being alert on a moment by moment basis.
Do you know why that is? It is because we are not living in a safe and easy environment. Life is not a joy ride on a cruise ship where everything is provided for you. No, we live in a fallen world which has made the challenge of finding pornography as easy as turning on your smartphone and googling sex. I can be looking at anything from scantily clad women to hardcore pornography in under 30 seconds.
So, part of the problem is that there is always the potential of immediate gratification. Secondly, this access is free, and I can find anything I want to find and am led down the path of needing something new and exciting because where I started is no longer doing it for me. That is the Law of Diminishing Returns which will always take you further than you ever thought you would go and doing things you never thought you would do.
Which is one of the reasons we hear stories in the news almost every day of very important people being caught in an act that ruins their career and deeply wounds their loved ones. For example, here is a list from the Huffington Post in 2012 of the Hall of Shame.
The CEO Sex Scandal Hall of Fame.
- Jack Welch – CEO of General Electric
- Brian Dunn – CEO of Best Buy
- Mark Hurd – CEO of Hewlett-Packard
- Harry Stonecipher – CEO of Boeing
- Kenneth Melani – CEO of Highmark, a health insurance company
- Stephen MacMillan – CEO of Stryker – a medical device manufacturer
Not to mention the whole #metoo discoveries.
Now, with almost every teenager in America having instant access to instant gratification the future looks very bleak and the trend will go deeper and darker. Things are going to get worst … much worse as millions of teens become addicted to sexual sin while our government does nothing to help protect the destruction of these young minds.
When it comes to walking out our sobriety, getting through withdrawal, and then maintaining a life that is sexually pure it takes making the daily commitment to doing the things we need to do daily in order to live out our Christian Life.
This week I will be focusing on the disciplines we all must do if we are going to have a chance to not only walk in purity but overcome the world, our flesh, and the devil.