temp·ta·tion: noun \tem(p)-ˈtā-shən\
1: the act of tempting or the state of being tempted: enticement;
2: something tempting : a cause or occasion of enticement.
Seduction, lure, appeal, attraction, charm, glamour, beckoning, bait, influence, persuasion, power.
Alarm, alert, caution, forewarning, notice, warning.
warning: noun 1. a statement or event that indicates a possible or impending danger, problem, or other unpleasant situation.
A Warning About Temptation.
How will it come?
In shiny new cars, leather seats, loaded with extras. With delicious gourmet meals, served piping hot on silver platters, order extra. With furniture sets; spare no expense, get the best - it's just a payment. Just add to the rest.
In spacious homes with cathedral ceilings, granite counters, add upgrades; add the high tech equipment, bells and whistles. New clothes, new shoes, new jewelry, new pools. On vacations to tropical destinations. You only live once - spare no expense.
How will it change?
Statements arrive, swiftly, suddenly; statements with limits straining to maximum. Payments brimming with interest rates, knocking, demanding. Charges appearing, money disappearing.
Things emerge from temptations. Things wrap around you, entrap you, entice you. Things court you, control you, enslave you, then own you.
How will it end?
Hands holding invoices. Hands wringing. Hands on the phone - confused, questioning. Hands on pens, on calculators, figuring, figuring; no rest in a long dark night. Hands folded in fervent, fearful prayer. Hands over face, in shame, in despair.
Temptation has a price...are you willing to pay it?
Is it worth it?
Sharon L. Cece © 2013