Pastors' Weekly Message: From Pastor Pat

Greetings Beloved,

Sugar is my kryptonite. I have been known to bake a cake because I had a taste for a slice, or a pan of brownies because I had a taste for chocolate. Most recently I “treated” myself to a 150 piece bag of Laffy Taffy, Nerds, and Sweet Tarts as the reward for having received the first dose of the COVID vaccine. As you can imagine, this is not a healthy habit to embrace. And no matter how much I convince myself that I’ll just have one piece… well, you know how that goes. 

I would love to blame the demon of sugar; and even though there is sufficient medical evidence to suggest that cravings for caffeine, sugar, and the like bear physiological roots, the truth is I know sugar is not good for me. Yet even in knowing this time after time I convince myself that I can just have one piece. 

It only takes one time. One time to say: I’ll exercise tomorrow. One time to say: I’ll pray later. One time to say: I’ll read my devotions later. One time to say: you know I’ll watch the recording of worship. It takes one time for us to realize how quickly one time turns into two, three, and so on. The more we condition ourselves that "just one time" won’t hurt, the more we invite that to be a recurring pattern.

Sometimes we have to make the hard choices, the tough love decisions, to do the right thing. To be better we have to do better.

So this morning, as much as I tried not to, I laced up my gym shoes and got busy doing cardio. Oh and the candy… well, I packed it all up and threw it away last night. An expensive lesson, but not nearly as costly as eating that entire bag would have been.

What is it worth to you to do the right thing?

-- Pastor Pat