I made the discovery on Monday and since then it has been dancing in the back of my mind. Yummy, sticky, marshmallow chocolate coated eggs are back on sale at Woolworths!!!! Those strips of four sumptuous mallows are a big downfall of mine – they display them in baskets in the queue as you wait to buy your groceries. They even sell them 3 strips for 2 sometimes. For someone like me with a big sweet tooth they are hard to resist and hard to stop eating.
But this year I’m cutting the sugar so I’m trying hard to resist them temptation. Not that a little sugar is bad, my problem is that I cannot stop at a little! So I have been wondering what to do. Do I change my shopping habits and ditch Wollies until after Easter? How strong is my resolve, how big a temptation are these eggs of loveliness?
Not everybody has a sweet tooth – but we all are born with a sin-tooth, a leaning towards sin. For different people temptation and sin will look different but the question is the same – how will you deal with it? Do you give in, blow it -feel great for a moment and then soon after feel rotten? There are three options open to us all:
- Give in and give up – may feel good for a while but feels rotten in the long term
- Flee – get out of there
1Timothy 6:11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.
3. Stand firm and resist
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
You know your sin-tooth better than anyone – you know if you will be able to stand firm without giving in or if you should just flee and get out of there. The trick is not to mess around and play with fire. Too many times I have ended up with sticky marshmallow fingers because I thought I could have just one chocolate marshmallow. This year I plan to resist and stand firm – but if that gets to tough them I’m afraid Mr Woolworths I’ll see you after Easter.
How do you deal with temptation and your sin-tooth?
Lord, help me to honour you with every area of my life, even my sweet tooth.