Saturday, March 08, 2014
I have inherited a certain trait from my father. I find it hard to pass up a bargain, even when it's something I know I won't use or won't use completely. It is not uncommon to look in my parents' pantry and find 10 jars of jelly or 30 cans of soup because "they were on sale."
Over the years, I've gotten a little better at curbing the tendency to buy a lot at one time, even if it's on sale, because 1) I have a small house, and 2) I know it is likely these items will go on sale again.
But... when something is FREE... and it's something yummy, like a HONEYBUN... oh, how to resist?
I was on my way to sing for a funeral, and stopped for some coffee. As I was paying, the owner put a honeybun beside my coffee and said, "Here, take it. It's free."
I have a real weakness for sweets, so every Lenten season, I try to give up C3PI... as in no Cookies Cake Candy Pie or Ice cream. On Friday I was on day three of "No C3PI," and now here was a honeybun staring me in the face, like, "Eat me! Eat me!"
So I thought about my prayer intention of the day. I post a different prayer intention on my Facebook page every day during Lent. My prayer intention for that day was for the family of the deceased woman, and for those working to find a cure for cancer. Somehow, when I thought of that, it made saying "no, thank you" to the Honeybun a lot easier.
When we think of taking care of ourselves, we often think of looking inward. But sometimes, as I've discovered, turning our focus OUTWARD toward others can give us even more strength and resolve to do what's right.