My Grace-Full Life

6.30.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: When Temptation Goes By the Name “Duck Donut”

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• On May 7th, I started a no-sugar fast and last night, I broke it.
And today, I’m disgusted with myself.
Here’s what happened…
Some friends from church invited us to an outdoor music/food truck festival.
I didn’t plan to eat at the event though I knew everyone else was going to.
But before they picked us up, I was working and lost track of time.
I didn’t eat dinner.
I scarfed down a banana five minutes before they arrived but I knew I’d made a mistake by not stopping to eat a real meal.
I began to think, “Maybe there’s something I can find that won’t take me too far off plan…”
Then we arrived.
Friends, I have two words for you: Duck Donuts.
I’d never had one but heard they were amazing.
I grew up in the land where Krispy Kreme originated so I have some pretty strong opinions on doughnuts and wanted to try them myself.
I began the rationalization game.
I have been so good for weeks…
Even when I lost my appetite for about 10 days after my kidney stone and just wanted crackers and bread, I stayed strong…
Other than one bite of a dessert that was required for work (yes, I’m serious—it was part of my job), I’d studiously studied ingredients list and labels and avoided sugar…
One cheat meal wasn’t going to hurt and I deserved it…
So I caved.
I couldn’t make up my mind and ordered six.
I ate one bite from each doughnut.
(Side note—I realize I keep adjusting the spelling. I prefer “doughnut” but the name of the brand spells it “donut.”)
We came home and the box of leftover doughnuts went to the kitchen.
I went to bed feeling guilty, and I woke up this morning kicking myself for not being stronger.
After making sure my husband didn’t want them, I dumped the rest of the doughnuts in the sink and ran them through the garbage disposal.
So this morning, when I was making the graphic, I really wanted to use a photo of doughnuts with today’s signature verse, “Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
Instead, I chose the door because we have a choice.
When Temptation knocks, we don’t have to open the door, let it in, and start feeding it doughnuts.
Y’all, I realize in the big grand scheme of things, this is a blip.
It’s not a sin to eat a doughnut.
But it’s a major reminder.
Following God when temptation surrounds us is hard.
There are times when the lure of what looks good is so great, we will break our resolve to do what God wants us to do.
We will succumb to temptation because we are imperfect humans.
But God…
He is faithful.
When our resolve is weak, or when we are tempted, He is there.
Jesus knows our struggles.
And whether our temptations take the form of pride, anger, jealousy, hatred, carnal lusts, or things that simply aren’t good for us—He has promised that He won’t let us be tempted more than we can handle and He’s promised to give us a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13).
My temptation with a doughnut may not be sinful per se, but it’s a battle I’m fighting.
That particular temptation follows 1 Corinthians 10:23a, “Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial.”
Being aware that Temptation is always trying to gain a foothold is important.
Being prepared to resist when we are weak—that’s when we call on the name of Jesus.
Today, as you pray, thank God for always providing a way out when we are tempted.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you resist temptations and to make the choice, even when it’s hard, to choose Jesus.

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