Cheesecake… To Eat or Not To Eat??? – TEMPTATION [13]

In this post we will be looking at one technique that can help us quiet our emotions, and help us evaluate circumstances/situations that may be harmful to us. I call it…

RESPONDING VS. REACTING

When there is an “object of temptation” right in front of us – it could be food, a movie, a person I like or dislike, a book/magazine, a website, a $10 bill laying on the ground –  I can choose RESPOND or REACT. When I choose to respond I activate my reasoning, allowing me to sort out the information I’m presented, and make an informed decision.  When I choose to react I activate my feelings, which are not capable of sorting out information, but only concerned about gratifying my present needs.

Here’s an example

If I’m caring for a sick child, friend, spouse, etc. I look at the person, I evaluate their condition, I ask them what their symptoms are, and then I thoughtfully proceed with a course of action. Perhaps I offer chicken soup with crackers, or an Ibuprofen and suggest laying down for a bit?

However, when I, myself, am sick, just forget it!!  I can’t think at all it seems.  I can’t figure out that chicken soup would be helpful, or that an Ibuprofen would reduce my discomfort.  Why not??  Because when I’m sick, first and foremost, I’m feeling, not thinking.  Feeling pain, feeling discomfort, feeling, feeling, feeling.  It is as though I’m in a mental fog.  I’m not evaluating or logically thinking through my condition.  —  Remember, feelings can’t sort out information.

Here’s another example

I see a slice of cheesecake on a plate.  I have two options —

I can REACT…

That slice of cheesecake sure looks good.  So creamy and fruity…
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One teeny-weeny taste, that’s all I’ll have…easy-cherry-cheesecake-01

It’s sure going to be AWESOME when it hits my taste buds…

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–OR–

I can RESPOND…

Thinking…  Asking myself — what are the possible consequences of this choice?  What are the ingredients in the cheesecake?  How much fat is in that slice of cheesecake?  Does indulging align with my personal health goals?

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Is that 5 minutes, more or less depending on how quickly you eat, of pleasure, worth the hour it will require sweating on the treadmill to burn off the 244 calories/12 g of fat?

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Now you might be saying.  I don’t care!!  I want the ______ !! (fill in the blank with your temptation).

And this is exacting the point I’m making — EMOTIONS SHUT DOWN OUR REASONING

Emotions/feelings REACT often times causing us to throw caution to the wind

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Reasoning/intellect RESPONDS – allowing me the opportunity to think through my options and make a decision I’m less likely to regret later.

Although I’ve used fairly inconsequential examples in this post, they are intended to be representative of much more significant, maybe even life changing, “temptations” – Should I be flirting with someone if I’m married?  Should I drive after I’ve had a couple of beers?  Is _??  ok, just this one time?  I’m young, I just wanna have fun!  I won’t get caught!

THINK about this verse from 2 Peter, and notice the beneficial progression of RESPONDING…

When we apply our knowledge –> we develop self-control.
When we apply self-control –> we develop patience and perseverance.
When we apply patience and perseverance –> we develop a godly character.
When we apply a godly character –> we develop kindness to others.
When we apply kindness to others –> we develop love.
2 Peter 1:6-7

 

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** FOR MORE ON TEMPTATION SEE MY OTHER POSTS BELOW **

Me?? – My Own Worst Enemy??  –  TEMPTATION [12]  –  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-AR

Healthy Seeds!! —>  Healthy Harvest!!  –  TEMPTATION [14]  –  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-BQ

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Response to Reader’s Comment – “I Just Wanna Be Happy!!!” – (Part 1)

< TO READ POST, “I JUST WANNA BE HAPPY!!!”  – (PART 1) – http://wp.me/p5nZpi-kK >

 

READER’S COMMENT:

Monica thank you for the great post! I absolutely believe that happiness and peace are possible for everyone regardless of their various situations. In high school I used to think, “I’ll be happy when my skin clears up. I’ll be happy when I make the Volleyball team. I’ll be happy when I get my braces off. Now…I’ll be happy when I lose my baby weight :)Etc” I was waiting for life to provide me happiness. What I had to learn is that I have the opportunity to chose be happy today. All people experience challenges, sadness, and disappointments in this life, but we don’t have to be consumed by our hardships; we can move toward peace (And yes, I know it is easier said than done, but that is why we have our Savior to help heal our wounds and hurts). I have learned from inspiring individuals who have made peace with their challenges and live with joy amid adversity. A great medicine that works for me is to serve others in a meaningful way. When we focus our attention on helping others we are accompanied by the Holy spirit, whose comfort is true peace.

MY RESPONSE:

Thanks for your thoughtful comment 🙂

Did you take a peek at “I Just Wanna Be Happy!!!” – (Part 2)?, because your comment –

“A great medicine that works for me is to serve others in a meaningful way. When we focus our attention on helping others… “

is just the prescription the Great Physician, Jehovah – Rapha: The Lord Who Heals, prescribes 🙂

Your “cure” for happiness, I’d suspect, is not so different from what we’ve all tried in an attempt to achieve the elusive “HAPPY” feeling.  For me personally, there are almost too many times to count, when I’ve allowed my “cures” for happiness to the direct my responses and reactions, with less than desirable results.

The key for me, and probably others who can relate to your comment, is to apply what I’ve learned, and practice what I preach.
I must just listen to God’s word. I must do what it says. Otherwise, I am only fooling myself. – James 1:22

Until the Lord Jesus Christ returns, I continue to be a work-in-progress 🙂

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Spirit World – Proceed with Caution – ANGELS [2]

For the angel of the LORD is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him.  –  Psalm 34:7

 

The information we will be talking about in the discussion of angels will be adapted from the book, Angels, Elect and Evil by C. Fred Dickason

People have long since been intrigued by the possibility that an unseen spirit world exists.  And interestingly enough, people often seek out these things because something inside them seems to be calling them to fill a “hole”.

It is when we feel this pull, that we need to proceed with caution.  Take the time to engage your reasoning skills, while putting your emotions on the back burner for a bit.

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Remember the Garden of Eden? It was described as a place of safety and beauty.  A place where animals and people lived together as friends. You may also remember that Satan, in the form of a serpent, enticed and led astray Adam and Eve with lies.  Although subtle lies, they were still a distortion of God’s Truth.

These are the same subtle lies Satan used on people in the past, us today, and will he will continue to use in the future.  Why?  Because they work.  These lies successfully pull people away from the love, security, and guidance of God, towards chaos, insecurity, fear, and confusion.

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Satan doesn’t entice people over to his “team” so that he can love and provide for them.  On the contrary, he just doesn’t want you to be on God’s “team”.  So when you choose not to follow God, who are you following?  The culture?  Your friends?  TV personalities?  Who or what?  When you don’t follow God, you end up lost, flaying around, bouncing from one popular idea to the next.  Seeking and searching.  All the while knowing something is missing, but not knowing what.

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Let’s use the internet as an example.  It is a fantastic resource. It allows us to network with people, to stay connected, to get information, to make purchases, it provides a platform to get our ideas heard, like my blog :), to get recipes, to learn to play guitar, to learn what’s going on in other parts of the world, etc.

But, with all the good, there’s comes all the bad.  Seems like there is always two sides to every story. The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.  –  Proverbs 18:17

In the example of the internet there’s pornography, reconnecting with “old” lovers or “new” lovers when your spouse is no longer “exciting” to you, or anonymity when you post pictures and/or comments you never would in “real life”.

I could go on and on, but I think you get the point.

So keep this in mind:  have cautious awareness when discussing angels.

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