Recently I saw a recipe for Pecan Pie Muffins. They looked delicious, and I could hardly wait to make them. One day I made the muffins, and ate one while it was hot. I didn’t stop with one. I ate two and drank a glass of skim milk. They tasted as good as they looked in the picture. After eating the muffins I began wondering what eating them had done to my body. I began checking the calories on the ingredients. The numbers got higher and higher until it reached 282 calories for one. I had eaten TWO without even thinking about it. I am allotting myself 1200 calories a day. I had nearly eaten half of my day’s allowance!
Isn’t that the way we do things in life? We jump right into something without thinking about the consequences of doing it, don’t we? Dr. Phil McGraw often says, “When you choose the deed, you choose the consequences that go with it.”
Can’t you look back at your life and see situations when you have begun something, that you regretted later? What is it for you?
Do you recall the first time you took a puff on a cigarette? You had no idea you would like it and become hooked. You certainly didn’t think of it being the #3 cause of death, led only by heart disease and cancer, did you?
What about that first social drink? Everybody around you were drinking. Surely, there couldn’t be anything wrong with a little sip of wine, beer, or whatever, could there? You didn’t think about the 2.5 million deaths caused each year by drinking, or that alcohol is the world’s third largest risk factor for disease burden, did you?
That lottery ticket, or chance, you bought on a quilt for a wonderful cause, or was it a chance on a gun someone was raffling off? Did it occur to you that those simple, innocent things, are gambling in God’s book? You didn’t think about just donating money to the good cause and leaving the chance along, did you? (Ephesians 4:28)
What about the time you tried to do drugs, just so you would know how being high felt? Do you know what that did to your brain? You didn’t think one smoke would lead to two, and two to three, and three to four, and on and on, did you? (1 Cor. 3:16-17 and 6:19-20)
What about those extra channels on your television? Those shows, you know, the ones that show pornography? They slipped right in, didn’t they? You probably got them as a bonus when you signed on to some great package deal. Right under your nose you have been caught “looking upon a woman/man lustfully” and therefore are sinning right in your own home. It’s amazing how sly Satan is. He grabs you just a bit. Then you find yourself thinking about sinful things when you should have your mind on whatsoever things are good, pure, honest, etc. (Philippians 4:8)
Too often, and too quickly, we find ourselves caught in a situation where we know we shouldn’t be. Whether it is overeating pecan pie muffins or over indulging in sinful practices, we must constantly be on guard. The scriptures warn that our adversary (Satan) is walking about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8) I don’t want to be caught in his grasp, do you?
Let’s run! Let’s run as far away from sin as we possibly can. Let’s run toward the mark of the high calling in Christ. (Philippians 3:14)