Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, should have.
The voice of temptation starts up: "Those are really good quality truffles, you love them and you've been really good so far, so go on just have one. Nobody need know!"
Now I have to admit that I went very close to "sneaking" one!
But who am I trying to fool? And why am I doing this whole Lent thing anyway? Nobody else really gives a damn whether I do it or not.
The whole purpose is to demonstrate to myself that I can rise above the temptation.
If I "cheat", then the only person I'm really letting down is me!
I'm not pretending I won't be tempted again. (Even as I think about that box downstairs right now, I can feel my mouth watering!)
It was only Day 4, but I'm pleased to have stuck with the commitment thus far.
Do you ever feel tempted to do something that violates your own standards if you believe that "nobody need ever know"? (I know from experience how easy this is!)
Before you rationalise it to yourself, remember that at least one person WILL know, and that is you!
Actions speak louder than words. How are you letting your actions define your character and your destiny?