Run, Boy, Run!


I’m amazed at all the studies that are done in the world whose results should be so obvious to those that do them. Take the headlines of an article found in the USA today from November 17th, 2009. It says:

“Students may drink, have sex more if in coed dorms.” Really! I never would have guessed! What is even more amazing is the sub-headline found underneath. It says: “Authors ‘caught off guard’ by the link”. All I can say is, “WOW!” They were caught off guard that coed dorms would be more promiscuous than those who live in single-sex dorms?

One semester I  lived  in a co-ed dorm at college. It is funny how an inexperienced uneducated young man discovered the same thing as educated authors just by observing that scene for three months. I didn’t need to spend millions of dollars and do a ten-year study to find out what everyone with common sense knows to be true.  I’m not complaining about the wasted taxpayer money, although that is an issue, I’m just taken back by the fact that a study is done to find out obvious truths regarding temptations.

I think we all know that if we want to lose weight, we don’t place cupcakes by our plates each night and see if we can resist! Placing ourselves in temptations way is a sure recipe for failure.  We all know the biblical story of  the Joseph and the wife of his master. It is recorded in Genesis, chapter thirty-nine that the wife of the master badgered him to, “lie with me.” And although she persisted, the scriptures record that he “fled, and got him out.”

I recall a story of a young Greek boy whose country was occupied during WWII by the Nazis. The people resented the occupation and engaged in acts of sabotage. One night he related:

“…every fifth man or boy was to be summarily shot. A sergeant made the fateful count, and the first group was designated and executed. Then came the row in which I was standing. To my horror, I could see that I would be the final person designated for execution. The soldier stood before me, the angry headlights dimming my vision…I shall never forget the words he spoke to me: ‘Run, boy, run!’ I ran. I lived.” (As told by Peter W. Hummel.)

When it comes to temptation we should heed the words of the soldier, “Run, boy, run!”  We need to run and keep running as fast as we can!  Because not only will we live, but in the words of Paul:

“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” (1 Corinthians 9:24)


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