Monday, May 18, 2009

Chocolate Bars, Diets and Believing Lies

Isn't it funny how we try to fool ourselves into believing something is alright when we want to do it?

I have the perfect example of the above statement.

My brother-in-law and sister-in-law came to visit. Wayne's brother was on a diet. But, this diet was like no other I had heard of. The diet? Well, all you did was drink some grapefruit with the food you ate. The grapefruit was supposed to do something in your body that negated lots of the calories you ate. The pounds were supposed to melt away. You could even eat all the chocolate you wanted as long as you drank that grapefruit juice. This was the diet I had been waiting for all my life! I decided to diet along with him.

We took our guests camping. As we traveled, Merle and I would grab our big bars of chocolate. I'm talkin' big here. The kind that could feed a family of eight. We'd snap off a giant chunk of chocolate, take a swig of grapefruit juice, and savor our chocolate fix. Such fun!

I'm not sure how many chocolate bars we ate on our trip. When I got home, I rushed to the scales to see how much I had lost. I had gained five pounds! Needless to say, I junked that diet in a hurry.

Deep down in my heart, I knew this diet didn't make sense. It went against all logic. But, I surely did want that chocolate! So, I went against the nagging inside and chose to believe a lie.

We can have the same illogical reasoning in our spiritual lives.

We instinctively know when we shouldn't do something, say something, think something, feel something. It goes against the cautions of the Holy Spirit and our nagging conscience. But, we want to do, say, think, feel it! So, we refuse to heed the cautions. We surrender to the flesh and do not allow the life of Christ to live out through us. The result of making that choice is far more serious than eating chocolate bars!

Hoping today I don't fool myself into believing wrong is right, Gloria

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