I used to smoke cigarettes. There I said it. Now, it has been many years since I quite. In fact I no longer have any desire to smoke and really don’t even think about it. However, that was not always the case. When I first quit there was a period of time when I thought about it quite often. If I was having a bad day at work, I would think about having a cigarette. If it was a slow day at work and I got bored, I would think about having a cigarette. If I was drinking a cup of coffee, I would think about having a cigarette. I think you get the picture. During this time there was one thought that kept me from going back:
“There is no such thing as one cigarette”
This thought successfully kept me from smoking long enough for me to leave the nasty, unhealthy habit behind. Now, years later I no longer even think about it. I often tell people that are trying to quit that this is one of the keys to success. Maybe this concept applies to more that just smoking. As I think about this I realize that there are many areas of our lives where we tell ourselves, “just one.” This is particularly true in areas of temptation, weakness and self discipline.
- I’ll skip my quiet time, JUST ONE time.
- Just one piece of cake.
- Just one quick look.
- I’ll sleep in and not exercise, JUST ONE time.
- It’s just flirting, JUST ONE time.
- JUST ONE drink.
- JUST ONE…
You get the idea. When I was smoking this truth helped me keep from smoking cause I knew how easy the one became more than one. It’s the same way with any sin or temptation in our lives. When we submit to “just one”, then we are taking the first step down a slippery slope. What starts as JUST ONE quickly becomes a problem, or even an addiction. Each time we give in to JUST ONE it becomes easier. Each time we give in to JUST ONE it becomes harder to resist.
Maybe you don’t struggle with smoking. Maybe you don’t struggle with drinking. Maybe you don’t struggle with porn or being unfaithful with your spouse. I don’t know what it is you struggle with, BUT, what I do know is that you have struggles. Whatever it is that you struggle with remember these words, there is no such thing as just one.