God’s Word for Today: Chocolate
This is a word that easily grabs one’s attention. For some, it is recognized for the distaste of. I feel sorry for anyone whose taste buds have eliminated them from the pure joy of the consummation of chocolate.
If given the option, I could easily consume chocolate on a daily basis. But, due to maybe my upbringing, or some inner compass that guides my eating habits, I reserve the treat of chocolate to special occasions similar to the little holiday we had 2 day ago.
I find it fascinating when you give a child a decent size bar of chocolate or rather large box of chocolates. Their eyes expand to the maximum diameter permitted. Their smile is the replica of a perfect sunrise. Hands ready to annihilate any packaging that is hiding their treat. No thought of control. No time frame established to extend the enjoyment. Engulfing is priority.
I have always tried to instruct and encourage youth with the knowledge that if you limit your intake to a few pieces at a time, you can make the pleasure of chocolate last for days rather than seconds. Rationing, limiting, control, and organized depreciation, all of these words of wisdom fall on deaf ears. “I want to enjoy this now”. “It is mine.” And, “who cares if it is all gone in the blink of an eye.” These are the automatic inner voices that are making the decision on the pace of chocolate inhaling.
I completely understand. Been there done that. I still struggle with saving some chocolate for later. It will be a lifetime curse.
James 1:4. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
How many things in our life are like that bar or box of chocolate? “God, I want it all now.” “Why won’t you give me what I pray for, right now?” “I have faith, answer my prayers.” “If I don’t get my desired chocolate today, then maybe you really don’t love me God.” “Maybe I will go find my own chocolate. That way, I can consume as much as I want, when I want it.” Can you relate to those thoughts?
God wants to give us all the chocolate in the world. But, just as a wise parent instructs their child to limits, God knows what is best for us. The rewards of perseverance far outweigh any instant chocolate of life gratification. Easy to say, hard to do. That is why we have faith…………. Amen, and amen.