One thing that is great about starting my day with the Lord is that I have time to pray and ask Him to help me through the day. So yesterday (and today as well) I prayed that God would give me strength to go through the day making healthy choices. I prayed that He would keep me strong against temptations. I gave to Him my day and told Him I wanted to hunger for HIM, not food.
I was in a great mood when I got to work, feeling at peace and satisfied. Then I opened my work email and read that one of my coworkers had brought in donuts for everyone. I almost said out loud, “Seriously, Lord? You’re going to test me already?” I resolved then and there that I would not touch the donuts, so I went about my business. Fortunately for me, the donuts were downstairs in another part of the building, so I didn’t have to face them directly. In fact, by mid-morning I had completely forgotten about them. All was right with the world.
Then I had to go downstairs on that side of the building to hand over a check. It was almost time for lunch, and my stomach was rumbling with hunger. I was almost to my destination when I spotted it: that all-too-familiar white bakery box that I KNEW had delectable donuts inside. I didn’t stop then but headed to my destination, but in my mind I was thinking, “Okay, I will just look and see which ones are there, and if my favorite is among them, I’ll eat it.” Then as I got closer to the donuts, dreaming about eating one, I stopped myself. What was I doing?? What kind of logic was I using? Uh, sure, Erin, glut yourself on a donut, only as long as it’s one you REALLY like. Good grief! So I marched right past that box of donuts and back upstairs to my desk, not looking back.
And you know what? I was actually a little sad for a few minutes, but I would have been much sadder had I actually given in and had that donut. That day, the donut lost, and I won. The war continues, but I have experienced victory in at least one battle.