Temptation.  It’s wrong and evil, right?  Not necessarily.  “Why is it that any time we speak of temptation we always speak of temptation that inclines us to wrong?  We have more temptations to become good than we do to become bad.”[1]  Years ago, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen made this valid point.  And even though I’m not Catholic, I agree.

I know most folks say, they’re good people who want to do better.  Homesteaders are no different.  We are especially tempted to do more good, than bad.  We desire to be:

Good gardeners.

Good hunters.

Good gatherers.

Good caretakers of our families and animals.

Good stewards of the earth.

Good cooks.

Good neighbors.


Yes, temptation is temptation; good or bad.  And it stalks us 24/7, 365 days a year, for all our lives.  However, author Paula Hendricks says, “While you and I must expect temptation, we sure don’t have to feed it”.[2]  Alas, I tease she’s never been a homesteader.  Most of our temptations are hungry and must be fed.



[1] (Quotes About Temptation, n.d.)

[2] (Hendricks)

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