One of my favorite things to do at the mall is to find a place to sit and watch people. This, of course, is done after I have exhausted myself shopping and I find one of those big, black chairs you put change into. The more I watch people the more I realize times may change, styles may change, but people are basically the same.
The basic drives of humanity were played out again in the 14th season of CBS television series Survivor: Fiji. I have only watched only the last two seasons, but it has been an eye opener in the people department. If you want a way to show your kids the craziness people will go to to win $1,000,000 dollars, Check out this show.
I had been cheering all along for a 54 year old man named Yau-man. Of all the ones who played the game this season. He kept his integrity through the entire 39 days. He didn’t win the million dollars, but through every round he managed to stay afloat so to speak when you thought he would be sure to go. He made it all the way to the final four.
As a watched, My favorite player was deceived, lied to etc.. The resounding answer when they were asked, “why did you lie, cheat, etc.? They would reply, “It’s just a game.” Unfortunately, with the same attitude, most people approach life the same way. It is in human nature to be selfish, and any excuse can be thought of to justify wrong doing. The fact of the matter is it is so easy to offer excuses and/or blame others for our actions. We live in a world that does not take personal responsibility for what they do and say. All of us are capable of acting in the same way. When we fail to let the grace of God daily renew our mind, we can and will be caught in the trap of selfishness.
Our guard must be in place against temptation. David in the psalms was constantly praying “guard my heart”, “keep a watch over my lips”, “keep me from the snare of the fowler…” etc. We must also pray daily for help against temptation. People have warred against it since the creation, and today we must fight against it as well. One of the amazing things about God is, He is there to help us in time of need. In 1 Corinthians 10:13, we read, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” A promise from God is given to us. We can rely on it and rest upon it. God will help. We can survive temptation. He will provide a way of escape if we will take it.
We don’t have to go to the other side of the world to be the ultimate Survivor. We can do the right thing at the right time because we have the right help available.