In the comfort of my own home, however, my resolve is as firm as the Swiss Miss Cherry Chocolate Mousse shelved in my refrigerator. The pudding was purchased by another consumer, but as long as it resides in my territory its lifespan is limited to a week at best. Yummy surprises that The Professor sometimes brings home from a campus bake sale or better (or should I write worse?) yet a box of Girl-Scout cookies bought to support the daughter of a colleague threaten my willpower. In fact, just three hours ago my willpower wasn’t only threatened; it was demolished by a small rectangular box of Thin Mints. ™
Personally, I don’t think an occasional cookie does the body much harm, but thoughtlessly wolfing down 300 empty calories, 14 grams of fat, 40 grams of carbohydrates, and 20 grams of sugar in less than five minutes is far from reverent. I paused. Then I confessed, “Lord, please forgive me for ignoring your Spirit and the self-control you granted me. Please help me put this box of cookies away and not touch them for the rest of the night.” I repeated 2 Timothy 1:7, closed the box and stuffed it into my freezer. Then I smiled. For as delicious as those cookies tasted the sweetness stirred in my heart was far greater.