TODAY THE WORDS are WHAT DO YOU DO WITH LEFTOVERS? This morning was different from a lot of mornings after Valentine’s Day with no candy in the house. It wasn’t because my husband forgot; he remembered actually to not tempt me since I have been blessed to have my diabetes under control. Candy is a no no unless you go with the sugar free and with all of the chemicals in those; I choose to avoid them. Nevertheless, my situation is not the formation of the thought I had but after holidays which are so commercialized with candies and sweets; Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and Valentines Day are the recipient holidays of sugar overload. There are leftover candy and sweets during these holidays and I thought what can and possibly happen to the leftover candy?
I thought back in my life and this is what I want to share about a time in my life when I was not honest to myself about leftovers. Oh, I am not into public confessions as I strongly believe those are matters between a person and Our Higher Power. This is however, a confession of sorts but one we can learn a valuable life lesson. I, as a young woman, was more superficial than I am now and every pound, every inch, and even down to my hair, had to look right. I ate enough salads to become a rabbit. I ate tiny portions and avoided desserts or at least I thought I did as I was deceiving myself. What about the times I made a convenience store run and bought my favorite Snickers and of course a Diet Coke? Oh, yeah, I can assure you there weren’t any leftovers there. What about the time when there were leftovers and in cleaning up, when I ate something left on the plate? I am not embarrassed; I am saying in life there are times when we justify our attempts at losing weight or maintaining it by eating the leftovers but not counting them in the totals. This is not any attempt for any kind of pity or even judgment but a “It is what it is” moment bringing me to the point of the message.
What do we do with leftovers? In life, as in food, we have leftovers. We bring leftovers into new relationships, into careers, and into our faith. Let’s mull over this point. If a past lover, spouse, friend, pastor, church member, co worker “left” a bad memory in our minds or a “leftover“; we have a tendency to chart a new relationship by those leftovers and we repeat the same patterns which can result in failures.
Now for the deeper thought……If leftovers are not properly stored or thrown out; they begin to smell and stink up our world. If we choose to “indulge” in life; realize that one time might not hurt but if we keep the “bad” food of life around; we may keep indulging. A clean, healthy diet of life is refreshing and has a fresh smell and can restore our health…..SO THROW THE LEFTOVERS OUT by replacing the good things life can offer you.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Romans 12:2 ESV
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
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