“Two for flinching!” Bam! Bam!
Did you ever play that game when you were young?
The idea is this. I act like I’m going to punch you and, if you flinch, I get to punch you for real.
My boys tried it with me and I told them that if they punch me for flinching I get to kick them for being silly.
“But dad, it’s just a game.”
No, it’s trying to train my body to not do what it was designed to do.
Flinching is an autonomic reaction to a visual stimulus. It can be directed into various reactions of defense or offense. But to teach yourself not to react is just bad.
So gentlemen, why do we watch TV, watch a movie and then wonder why we struggle with pornography, with lust? Ladies, why do we read romance novels and then wonder why there’s a struggle to love your husband? Teens, why do you listen to popular music and struggle to find time for God?
These things will always backfire because they go against the design. We were designed to be visually stimulated, as men. Don’t put a stimulus in your path, don’t choose one that isn’t your wife. As women, you desire relationship. Don’t fill that need with the false ones in a book. As humans, our need is to be with God, spend time with Him. Don’t choose to listen to the world’s preaching, the world’s worship of money, of fame, of humanity.
It’s always best to follow the design.
Ha! Two for flinching!