Monday, September 07, 2009
My daughter was my hero tonight... well, hero is probably an exaggeration, but she did just what I needed her to do at just the right moment without her even knowing it.
Tonight's dinner was beef stroganoff and a big salad. I served myself a proper portion of stroganoff and a nice big serving of salad. When I was done with the stroganoff I put that plate aside as I finished my salad. The whole time I was sitting there arguing with myself about having "just a little more" stroganoff after finishing my salad. I felt like the old cartoon character with the devil on one shoulder urging me to give into the desires of my flesh and the angel on the other trying to convince me to do the right thing. It was a major mental tug of war!
Well, my daughter was in a hurry to finish and get her fair share of the clean up done because she was going to a friends house after dinner. As she got up to head for the kitchen she reached for the plate I had set aside asking, "are you done with this?" That simple question put me in the position of having to put voice to my choice. Saying yes would mean admitting OUT LOUD to myself that I was choosing to eat more when I knew I shouldn't, that I was choosing the desires of my flesh over exercising self-control. Is that the person I want to be? Her timing couldn't have been better, I had two bites of salad left and I know myself pretty well... if that plate was still sitting there I would have given in and piled on another helping and dug right in.
When I reflected on this a bit later one of my favorite verses came to mind...
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. 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 stand up under it.
Her simple little question was my "way out." It was an amazing blessing to see God use my daughter to fulfill one of His promises!