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I refused a Honeybun. A FREE Honeybun.

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.
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    At our Ash Wednesday service, the pastor preached a wonderful sermon. One of the things he talked about was WHY we give up things for Lent. It's not so we can make a big deal of it, to brag or get attention, and it's not because doing so helps God in some way or earns us brownie points in heaven. It's because it's good for us to remember that the things of this world, even good things like food, are not the most important things in life. These things shouldn't have too much power over us, and giving them up helps us remember that.

    I think you're totally on the right track.

    1509 days ago
    Good job! emoticon
    1509 days ago
    What power you have over your diet. Amazing.
    1510 days ago
    Good for you. If that ever happens to me...I will remember this story!
    1510 days ago
    haha i married a scot so i realise how that must have felt to pass up on a bargain haha
    1510 days ago
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