Parenting Tip of the Week: Taking Control of Temptation

Lisa Cherry —  March 21, 2011

Courtesy of naneki

I am kicking myself for the craziest little thing I just did.

I am sitting on the plane writing entries for this blog. You may remember that weeks ago I made a decision to avoid all frivolous snacking. Mindless munching is not good for me physically or spiritually.

So when the flight attendant came by with our complimentary peanuts, pretzels or cookies, I chose my favorite, the cookies, with the intent of popping them into my bag as a prize to take home to the kids.

Then I placed that little package of cookies right on my fold-down tray, right by my notebook where I am busy writing. Then I continued to scribble furiously with my pen the reflections that flooded my mind.

And that’s when I heard it. My cookies started talking to me! “Really, you didn’t get much lunch, so you might want to snack on me now,” they said.

“Shut up!” I’m writing, I answered back.

“They might not have any food at your destination for quite sometime, so really you’d better pick me up and get something now,” the cookies retorted.

“Shut up. I’m writing,” I emphasized a little less forcefully.

The minutes passed and my train of thought slowed down a bit. As I reached for my next topic to write about I “absentmindedly” picked up my little package of cookies to “absentmindedly” check the ingredient list and calorie count.

“Hmmmm. Imported, flavored with cinnamon, Biscoff,” the label said.

“Maybe you should just go ahead and eat a piece of one of us, since you really could use a little afternoon pick-me-up,” the cookies voiced again.

“Will you please shut up!” I shouted back in my head. “Can’t you see I’ve already made up my mind?”

“Then why are you still holding me in your hand?” my cookies queried.

“Why, indeed?” I retorted.

I picked up that cookie package and popped it into my bag.

“There. That should shut you up!” I confidently declared to no one but myself.

So here comes my parenting tip of the week, provided by my cookie package.

Take control of every tempting thing in your home that you can. Remove it. Throw it out. Toss it in the trash.

If something is poised to pounce on one of your precious sheep, recognize that cookie/wolf in sheep’s clothing and GET IT OUT!

For your sake.
For your kids’ sake.
And For the kingdom’s sake.

Remember, if the cookie’s not in my hand…I can’t eat it!

Lord, help us to be the watchdogs over our own lives. Help us to recognize the snares of the enemy in our paths and choose Your path of escape from every temptation. Lord, we do not want to be a stumbling block for our own kids leaving doorways to sin within their reach and expecting them to be stronger. Please help us to be wise and discerning. Show us, Lord, what needs to go, and give us obedient hearts to throw it out of our homes. Amen.