I love sweets. I mean I really love sweets. Cookies, cake, brownies, ice cream, pudding, cereal, candy, if it has sugar in it, I cannot resist it. That’s why I have to limit how much of it I keep in our house. If it’s there, I will eat it. This is an area of my life where I definitely lack self-control. I realize part of the problem is that the more I try to stay away from it the worse I get. For a while, I had a good solid run of limiting the amount of sweets I had been eating. But that’s only because I hadn’t been buying them and hadn’t really been a lot of places where they were offered. But then summer happened. Going to this bbq and that dinner and then this holiday came and that holiday came and the desserts were bountiful. I can definitely tell by the way my clothes fit (or don’t fit now) that I went overboard. This morning I got a revelation. The reason that I lose control is because I haven’t allowed myself to practice self-control. By keeping sweets out of the house, I really wasn’t practicing self-control or exercising discipline. I never had to make a conscious decision to not eat the sweets because they just weren’t there. If I ever want to be able to truly resist the temptation I have to actively say no to the temptation when it’s right in front of me. The more I practice resisting, the easier it will become and that is when I will truly achieve self-control.
“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT