My husband’s the cook, and I’m the baker. Before kids, I would make him cookies all the time as a desert for his work lunches. Then the first came along, and the second, and well, he rarely gets cookies anymore.
I made two batches a few weeks ago. Most went into the freezer. Then most went into my stomach.
So, when I made Peanut Butter Bars at his request, I asked him to take them all to work with him. But, since they had to stay in the fridge, he found this solution:
How often are you tempted to do something you shouldn’t do?
I mean, those cookies were so good right out of the freezer, but in the end I was not being good to my body nor honoring the gift I had intended for my husband. It was a little thing…but, how many little things do we do everyday that isn’t in the Spirit of Christ?
I’m not saying this to instill guilt (we have enough shame in our lives already, and God does not want us to feel shame!), but it is something to be aware of.
In our daily journey towards a closer relationship with God, our daily decisions are influenced by many things. Are we making a choice based on the spirit of God? the spirit of ourselves? the spirit of the culture? the spirit of hate?
Sometimes we need a reminder to stop and think. As with my husband’s note, we need to think of where the motivation for our choices are coming from. With the millions of decisions we make daily, we would be paralyzed if we had to assess each one. However, by slowing down whenever possible and thinking “is this decision of God?” we become just a little bit more in synch with who God created us to be.
Helper God, help me to slow down and think. Help me discern if my choices are coming from Your Spirit, mine, or from somewhere else. Even the smallest choices affect my relationship with You. Amen.