Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Repeat (01/24/13)
TITLE: Mind Set
By Ann Menschel
LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
SEND A PRIVATE COMMENT
ADD TO MY FAVORITES
Sitting down at the computer, logged on to the Internet, the house is quiet. Everyone else has gone to bed. The Google search box draws my eyes as a magnet. My hand hovers over the mouse momentarily and then clicks in the box. My fingers take their positions on the keyboard. I know all the key words that will instantly bring up the images my mind craves to see. I begin to type. The conviction of failure causes my shoulders to slump – even while my heart begins to pound in anticipation of what will pop up on that screen.
Or maybe . . . I push the “End” button on my cell phone. I knew it! I just knew it! The last time I saw Marge she had a look about her. I couldn’t put my finger on it but now Sharon’s phone call makes it all clear. When Sharon was in the coffee shop this morning, Brenda said she heard from Jessica that Marge was seen getting into a car with that new guy in town – Josh What’s His Name. Marge and Pete’s marriage had been struggling – not sure I can blame her. I couldn’t be married to that man – but an affair? Wait until I tell Heather. I push Heather’s speed dial number and it begins to ring. This time the facts are pretty clear. I mean if Jessica told Brenda and it got all the way to Sharon, surely it must be true. People have a right to know what’s going on in the community, right? I nibble on my lip as I wait for Heather to answer. This isn’t gossip this time, I assure myself.
How about . . . I can’t believe the scales said two pounds up. How can that be? I was really careful about what I ate yesterday. Well, mostly careful. This diet stuff is so hard, I rail to myself, pacing around the kitchen. I’m sure it’s all heredity anyway. Look how overweight my mother is – and what about my brother. It just can’t be helped – it must be the way God made me! The snack drawer beckons – I can almost hear the Doritos calling my name. It’s been a hard day, I reason. A reward is what I deserve. I open the drawer, pull out the bag of chips and head for the couch, picking up the T.V. remote on the way. Twenty minutes later I raise the lid on the trash can, stick my hand in and make room for the crumpled up chip bag, pulling a layer of trash over the top. Ah, hidden. No one will know – except me, of course, regret ebbing up in my mind, my pants feeling tighter already.
Each of us has an area (or two or three or more) where we continually struggle to live a godly life. We mess up. We ask God for His forgiveness. He gives it. We go on with life and a situation arises and we end up doing the same thing again. Sin. What a dirty, powerful three letter word! This battle is not new – it began with Adam and Eve and continues to this very day. The Apostle Paul, who admits his continuing struggle with sin, gives us clear encouragement in chapters 6, 7 and 8 of Romans.
“For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6 NASB) Each time those situations arise, we have a choice. On what is our mind set? What do we want to experience?
The opinions expressed by authors may not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be right now. CLICK HERE
JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and Spread the Gospel.