Jesus went up to the mountain for forty days. When he was hungry and tired, the deceiver came to him and tempted him. The deceiver tempted the Son of God with his own power and dangled his pride in front of him. Jesus did not take the bait.
When we talk about this story, we usually focus on the ways the devil offers us power, money, and other earthly rewards in order to get us off the path to which God has called us. We usually paint a picture of a human-ish figure standing in the desert offering Jesus the world in exchange for his soul.
Rarely do we talk about the devil as the voices in our head and in society that work to get us off the path by telling us that we aren't good enough, that we can't do it, that we will never succeed so why even bother. This voice, this persistent, gnawing voice that lives in so many of our heads and hearts and tells us lies about who we are and who we can be is just as destructive as the voice that offers us power and riches if only we walk away from God. This voice steals throws us off the path by paralyzing us into inaction or dissolving us into a pile of self defeat. This voice keeps so many of us from being who we are called to be, being who we were created to be. We don't write that book, create that music, paint that picture, finish that project, speak up in a meeting, create the theorem and so many other things because the devil, the deceiver in our heads tells us we can't.
It's time to tell that voice to STFU, 'cause we got work to do.
You got this. We got this. Together, with God's help, we got this.
*Sorry about the audio being a little weird. I'm still learning.