It is only 9:00 pm on January 1, 2018 and I am starving. Yes, I am “one of those” people who plan to eat better in this new year. No more soda in the house, all I can think about is eating the chocolate I have stashed in the pantry for “emergency only” times where I just cannot bear it. It hasn’t even been 24 hours and I am already craving food because I know I should not have it. I could very well sneak a bite and no one would know, kids are in bed, husband is napping on the couch…I could pull it off.
Dinner tonight was interesting, we made our son sit at the table for about 20 minutes after dinner to finish eating all his vegetables. This was nothing less then entertainment at its finest, the girls were sitting around watching and anticipating every gag reflex he had and then laughed it off only to wait for the next bite to bring living hell to the poor boy. While I was staying firm with my husband on this new way of eating for him, all I wanted to do was scoop him up and baby cradle the poor boy (yah.. he is 12). After sending the girls away from the live drama, he finally finished them all. A small step in the right direction.
Taking that into consideration I probably should not raid my chocolate stash…I should throw it away. The guilt of eating it after already pushing my son over the ledge would be to much for me to live with. So instead, I will hop on Pinterest and check out some cool/hip water bottles or jugs to label the massive levels of water I will be drinking tomorrow.
Proverbs 16:2-3 states: All the ways of man are clean in his own sight, But the Lord weighs the motives. Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established.
This passage is so full of New Year resolution goodness I can barely stand it. We have to remember that our human responsibility is always subject to God’s absolute sovereignty. We trick ourselves into thinking something is good, when God knows my true motive is to eat the delicious sinful chocolate that is not allowed. I made a commitment to myself, my family and my God. As arbitrary as my example of my battle with eating a small chocolate is, this can also be applied to all our trials and challenges in life we try to validate as “OK”. We must commit ourselves to being in Gods word to decipher his will for our lives. We must communicate in prayer what God already knows about us, and ask for help and strength. Thank him for the many blessings in our lives, and commit ourselves into acquiring wisdom through a teachable spirit. A spirit that does not live in fear of removing things we think we love and need in our lives. If it is not God’s will for us to have them, we must lean on him to make us strong enough to remove them completely. Even if it is not the “popular” opinion. What greater gift can we give our God then to show him how committed we are to living our lives for him?
I encourage you to comment below, one of your favorite verses for achieving your goals.