This past weekend I had a love/hate relationship with candy corn.
It was an affair that started out making me feel decadent, but ended up controlling me and compelling me do things I wouldn’t normally do…like want to lie to my husband about who was eating the candy corn! (I didn’t lie, but I sure thought about. What am I…six?)
The debauchery began Thursday evening when I presented Lee with TWO bags of candy corn for his birthday. I think, subconsciously, I gave him two bags because I wanted one for myself, even though I would argue that I bought the second bag for our two boys.
By Friday night, we (okay mostly I) had eaten the entire first bag. I couldn’t stop going to the candy dish and scooping out those delicious treats. They called to me. They lured me by their pretty colors. And they just didn’t look that harmful! Dagnabit!!!
I opened the second bag on Saturday afternoon knowing that it was a bad idea. I knew I wouldn’t have the self-control to keep my grubby little fingers out of that dish, but I did it anyway! Yep, my inner rebel child struck again!
As Sunday rolled around, the candy was all gone and I felt a little queasy. Well, what the heck was I expecting after eating so much candy corn in three day?!?!!
Not only was I nauseated, bloated and feeling disgusting, but I was also ashamed.
I know better! Heck, I am a freak when it comes to the food I bring into the house. In fact, I really do pretty well about keeping sugar and processed foods, in general, out of my pantry!
So, where did my discipline go? Apparently, it flew out the window!
Does any of this sound familiar?
Candy corn may not be your downfall, but input any sin into this situation and you have a battle between God’s Will and our own will.
It’s the war of doing what we want to versus what we should do.
Clearly, there are many reasons why we should use self-control, discipline and moderation as we live our lives. Doing anything different brings on a plethora of problems and none of them are good for us.
So, why can’t we just do the right thing?
There are many excuses. But, that is exactly what they are…excuses.
The best we can do is put on our big-girl/boy panties and make a better decision NOW.
Of course, it’s easy for me to say I won’t eat candy corn today because I don’t have any!! However, I will do my best to keep it out of my house from now on unless I’m okay with eating the whole bag until it’s gone.
As I correlate my failure to control my candy corn eating to all sins that keep me from living in God’s light, I find that I need help more than ever. I need God’s strength, courage, wisdom and forgiveness because I AM WEAK.
If I go one step further, there is no way I should EVER judge another human being, because I, myself, have WAY too many things to work on, get over and change.
Candy corn may not be evil (it sure did feel like it was this weekend), but I have identified it as something I cannot control, so I should stay away from it.
When we find these issues in our lives, we need to admit our flaw, change our behavior and ask for God’s help to move forward.
In its place, we would do ourselves a ton of good if we would exchange the problem for an act of kindness to someone else. This not only would keep us out of trouble, but it would serve God’s purpose, as well!
Needless to say, no more candy corn for me! Halloween can’t come and go soon enough since those delicious delights are all over the stores these days!
I guess God wants to teach me a lesson in self-control. Man…I sure hope I learn it QUICK!
Some Wisdom for Today: Proverbs 19:2 – Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.