This past week has been a trying time of discipline. Last week I made a hasty decision concerning sweets. I decided I wouldn't eat any for two weeks. As it is, I can't go a day without eating something sweet, so that seemed like a rather foolish idea. Yet I went even further to go on an all veggie/fruit diet for three days. Yes, I know, very foolish. Yet I felt that I needed to gain some discipline in my life if I was going to abide by the rule of honoring God through my body because it is His temple. If it's His, then obviously I should take care of it and eat right.
Well, the first day started out great, that is, until I reached work. I got out of my vehicle and suddenly realized that the okra and rotel that I'd packed for my veggie/fruit diet had spilled all over my bag and in my vehicle. So much for that! So I decided I'd just leave it in the car, since I had no time to clean up the mess. When it was finally time for lunch, I couldn't go out to the parking lot to eat what was left of my lunch due to the pouring rain which never let up. It was so disappointing since I had to break the veggie/fruit diet, get something from the snack machine (pb crackers and a granola bar). Talk about satan throwing obstacles!!! As if that weren't enough, the next day was pretty bad as well. I was asked by my friend if I wanted a Frosty. I had a lapse of thought and almost told her yes, until I remembered the vow I had made. The next two days were better, but they were hard, since I was dying for some carbs.
I did complete the 3 day veggie/fruit diet (one of the most horibble times in my life) and decided to incorporate more greens into my diet, since it's so important to be healthy. Once I got over the veggie/fruit diet I figured that my life would be so much easier. . . not so much. Prunes and vanilla yogurt raisins can only satisfy a sweet tooth temporarily. I found so many obstacles thrown in my way!!! First, I had promised a co-worker that I'd bring donuts to work before I had made my vow. So I had to bring donuts for everyone except me. That was tough stuff. The next obstacle that hit was breakroom desserts. From time to time, someone will bring in a special treat; I can't tell you how hard it was to refrain from it! Then the snack machine, oh, I love that machine!!! The donuts and hostess cupcakes were too much for me to resist so I almost gave up today just to have them. When I realized I was giving in, I popped some vanilla yogurt raisins into my mouth to satisfy the craving. Fortunately I have not given in yet, and it's been a week. I'm very grateful to God for giving me the strength to resist temptation in order to be healthier.
Although it may seem like a silly thing to have said or done, I'm happy about my choice. When we start off disciplining our selves in the little things, we eventually have the strength to practice self-control in the big things. So I will leave with this note which sums up my main point -
James 1:2-4 - Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter vraious trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.