This week a co-worker was selling candy bars to raise money for her son’s youth group. The candy bars were in the office kitchen with an envelope and a short note explaining the goal of the fundraiser (I don’t recall the fundraiser’s purpose). Each candy bar was $1. I put $1 in the envelope and proceeded back to my desk and consumed the candy bar.
I later justified this by saying “I ate a candy bar for Jesus!”. In an indirect way, the result of my purchase of the candy bar would support the youth group and thus be for Jesus. Right?
In retrospect, I was having a stressful day and just wanted to have a candy bar. At the time, I was not thinking about Jesus or the youth group of the son of a co-worker who I’ve never met. I don’t know anything about the youth group and what its church believes. Maybe, it was not even a youth group that believes in Jesus. I hope it is a Christ believing group, but I didn’t bother to check. I just wanted a candy bar to soothe my stress.
I did not need this candy bar as I have been attempting to lose a few pounds. If it was really about the youth group and Jesus I could have just put a $1 donation (or other amount) into the envelope and not taken a candy bar. I gave into the candy bar temptation instead of asking Jesus for way out.
1 Corinthians 10:12-13
12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 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 endure it.
This week (after the candy bar incident) I read an email from Weight Watchers that I could come back (I did WW previously) and they would waive the sign up fee. After discussing WW with a close friend, I decided to sign up again! I am planning to use Weight Watchers as my “way out” when food temptations arrive after today since I ate a lot of desserts for Mother’s Day!