Would You Like a Chocolate Croissant?
"We have an extra chocolate croissant, would you like it?" Thats what the young lady at Starbucks asked me as I got up to the drive-through window to get my Christmas blend coffee. Now, there are a few things I must tell you before I finish my story. First, you must know that I make everything spiritual! (just ask my family) I have no idea why I do that, it just happens. And second, over the last several months I have taken some weight off and I am continuing on that journey. How's that for being vulnerable? Ok, back to my story. As she asked the question I was amazed at the rapid fire in which I had many thoughts all at once. One, "oh this is a blessing from the Lord, a free croissant." But then an immediate thought right after that, "get thee behind me satan." I am happy to report that I graciously refused the offer and told her to give it to someone else. Now, you might be thinking, Lori, how in the world can you make that spiritual? Well, I am glad you asked. Let me try and share my thoughts.
This journey of losing weight has been my "Goliath". See what I did there? We are already to a Bible story. But in all seriousness, we all have idols in our life. And honestly food was one of mine. It's the same thing we hear from a lot of people. Maybe you have even said this? I am an "emotional eater." I turn to food when I am happy, sad, stressed, tired, the list goes on. That's been my story. But God never wants us to look to, or worship anything above Him.
You shall have no other gods before me.
Commandment number ONE! I think we are all familiar with this one. Pretty self explanatory.
You see, this journey hasn't just been about changing what I eat. Oh, thats part of it. But, the bigger and more important thing is what the Lord is doing in my heart. You must know that it first started with repentance. I had to repent before the Lord for my idol worship of food. And I must say this journey has brought me so much closer to the Lord. There is a deeper peace as I turn to Him now instead of my flesh. And listen, I am not always perfect. Remember my blog from the other day? I threw that word out! Hallelujah!
In all reality, theres nothing wrong with a chocolate croissant. I mean they are totally delicious, but I digress. As the Lord began to deal with me in this area, it was important that I obey. Partial obedience is disobedience. There are always going to be things, sometimes good things, that the Lord will ask us to surrender to Him. He wants to take us deeper in our relationship with Him. He wants to be Lord in our lives, not just when it's convenient or comfortable for us. But the world and our flesh will always be asking "tempting questions". Should I watch that movie, or listen to that song. Should I spend that much time on social media? Should I take the free chocolate croissant? Let me be honest. Part of me said no to the croissant because I am trying to eat right, that is true. But the bigger and more important reason in this whole story was I genuinely wanted to obey the Lord and honor Him with my choice. It's called sanctification. And thank God for His unending mercy. He is so patient and kind as He draws us to Himself.
HE IS ALWAYS THE BETTER CHOICE!
Now, I have a question for you? What area of your life is God wanting you to deal with and repent of? Pray and seek Him. He will show you. But even better, He will walk with you and lead you every step of the way, if you let Him. The choice is yours!