Biscuits are delicious. No one can deny this fact. Buttery, flaky, satisfying with just the right amount of saltiness. If I had my way, I would eat them every. single. day. In fact, I would eat several of them each day. Alas, my thighs and my digestive system do not permit this indulgence, so I heed their warning – most of the time. Every now and then I succumb to temptation, but most of the time I just find myself longing. I deny the urge to go through that drive through. Because in real life, there is no such thing as biscuits without consequences.
Such is the lesson I have been trying to live by and to teach my children to live by. We have desires, but those desires have consequences. I see it all around me – people choosing to give in to pleasure, to do what they please, flying in the face of wisdom and hoping the consequences will skip over them this time. But the biscuits will come back to haunt me. They will wreak their cellulite-ridden havoc. It may not happen every single time, and the consequences may not seem too bad at first. An extra pound or two – “That will be easy to lose,” one might think. “I’ll just take an antacid.” But it doesn’t take long before we begin to realize that our actions lead to results, and we are in life where we’ve chosen to be as a direct result of the decisions we’ve made.
Back in the days when my children were babies, I longed for freedom. I loved my precious children and everything about my life really. But for this introvert who needed some quality downtime, it just wasn’t there. I had an infant, a three-year-old, and a four-year-old. There were some days in my wildest fantasies where I’d run away to a secluded beach cottage for a month to rest and unwind. Running away was a savory, melt-in-your-mouth biscuit. But I knew a minute on the lips would be a lifetime on the hips, and my relationships with my children and husband would suffer if I ran. No one would have ever known these secret thoughts crept into my mind late at night when I was weary and exhausted. Praise God that He gives strength and wisdom every day if only we will ask for it. The years present us many opportunities to choose selfish desires over what is right. It is only by seeking Him that we can stand strong.
Are there biscuits in your life? What are the temptations calling your name that could lead to undesired consequences?
I Corinthians 9:27 . . . but I [a]discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.
Galatians 6:9 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
Hollie Gilman is a freelance writer who has spent the last 21 years momming, homeschooling her 3 almost-grown-and-flown children, and working with her husband of 24 years. She is a lifelong passionate learner in all things Faith, Health, and Leadership. Right now she is loving her new life in the country (being a pretend farmer) just outside her hometown of Richmond, VA. Her blog is where she spills her guts on the things of the heart we all share: faith, life, love, family, and anything else that tumbles through her mind.