Today I am going to share something with you. It may sound silly, but oh boy is it true. Here it goes : Cake is NOT my friend. Sorry if you were expecting something more..but keep reading because you may find where this relates to you as well.
I love bread and cake…and cupcakes and muffins, BUT they don’t love me.
I can’t always control myself when a yummy cake (with chocolate icing especially) is in my presence. I try. I really do. But..one piece turns into two and then I may even just eat another piece in place of my supper. Get the picture? Is anybody with me here???
So, I tell my kids and husband, and myself that I am NOT eating anymore breads or sweets or cake, etc… Then, cake is placed in front of me..just whispering, “Heather, come on , just one piece won’t hurt.” What do I do? Yep, I give in and boy does it taste good for those few seconds of indulgence. Then, the guilt sets in. Then I go put on a pair of jeans that were loose last week and can barely zip them up. And….the cycle repeats itself..”I am NOT eating anymore cake, sweets or breads!!” Pshhhh. Yeah. Until next time.
What other areas might this relate to in our lives? Areas where self-control and moderation need to be practiced?
Here’s the thing : If I could be more disciplined and eat one piece..ONLY ONE PIECE, it would be okay. Moderation. That is the key with my relationship with cake and bread. Self-control is the other key.
I must remember that my body is God’s temple and I have to treat it as such. What I put in it…be it food or media or whatever…has got to be pleasing to God. If I eat too much cake, then I feel bad about myself. If I eat too much cake then it can’t be good for God’s temple. Same thing goes for anything in our lives that is out of control. Eating, spending, internet (social networks..web-surfing…etc..), time management ..anything that we do that takes our focus off of God and family can really cause problems for us.
1 Corinthians 3:16 (NIV) ~ Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s spirit dwells in your midst?
We can even be caught up in doing good things for the church or other people..and pat ourselves on the back..trying to justify that those things are for GOD. We have to be very careful, because it becomes dangerous when we are doing good things for the praise that comes from men..instead of to bring God glory.
Eating cake isn’t bad. Social networks aren’t bad. Doing good things for others is not bad. We just have to be careful about the amounts and the reasons. We have to be sure that whatever we are doing is bringing God glory. If it isn’t bringing Him glory, we can be sure that it isn’t good for us.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV) ~ So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
Here’s to trying harder! To seeking God in everything…every single thing. To moderation and to bringing God glory in everything! And to NO MORE CAKE for me …if that is what it takes! I am so thankful that my Savior is a loving, merciful, patient and forgiving God!
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Until Next Time,