But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made
perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my
weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. – 2 Cor 12:9
I cheated today. Actually I cheated a few days ago too but it was unintentionally. I went through Raising Canes because hubby was craving it (and it sounded good to me too) while I was out running errands. Once I bit into the chicken I was on the phone with my bestie Heather and told her…man, this chicken is so good today. It seemed like it had been forever since I had eaten it. And then I was thinking…isn’t there a reason I’m not supposed to be eating this…Oh, yea! It’s spending month! Duh. So…accidental spending. Today however I had to be at the school at 7:30 this morning to collect cookies in carline for Story time with Santa tonight at my son’s school. I had 4 kids in tow and I promised them all donuts because I figured it would keep them occupied while I’m getting the cookies and save me time since I wouldn’t have to make breakfast. I pull up to the donut store at 7:21 and I have 9 minutes to get the donuts, get back in the car, and get to the school. As I walk up to the store I realize….crap, its spending month! At this point I make the conscience decision to continue to spend money somewhere I’m not supposed to. Bad me.
After my hectic morning of gathering cookies with 3 young kids (number 4 was sent off to school) and running back home to get two of them dressed for their school and showing up to what I had forgotten was live nativity day at their school and changing my plans once again so I could stay and take pictures, I finally arrived to my playgroup that I had planned for that morning! (run on sentence much…) There I was chatting with my new friend Heather and she is in month one of 7. She admitted she cheated that morning while making these yummy cream cheese/sausage stuffed crescent rolls for the playgroup (sorry Heather for outing you publicly!). She went on to say that she typically has the attitude that once she’s messed up on diets, she might as well throw in the towel for the rest of the day since what is done is done. But she felt this was different because it’s not about following a set of rules. And it hit me then that it’s so easy for me to get caught up in legalism but that is totally missing the point! This crazy experiment is not about following a set of rules at all. Even Jen has several people doing it with her that do each month differently. It’s about exposing our greed and excess and realizing how much joy it’s stealing from us, not bringing! We are going to make mistakes along the way; it’s what we do, but praise God that his grace is sufficient for us. It doesn’t matter what we do, as long as our eyes stay on him. We all have major weaknesses and that’s ok! Actually I’m tickled I have major weaknesses as I reread that verse because it keeps me humble. I can’t boast for anything I’ve done, it’s his grace that makes it all possible.
Thank you Jesus for your grace. My prayer continually is that I can extend that grace to my family and friends and everyone else around me no matter the situation. Because we all need it, Lord knows I do!!