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Topic: Snap (09/04/08)
TITLE: The Choice for Chocolate Cake
By Denene Humphrey
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Have you ever experienced a moment where something occurred and you just couldn’t believe it? You know, it’s like someone cut you off in traffic and came within an inch of totaling out your car (you actually saw your life flash before you), or maybe, during a midnight fridge raid, a family member ate the piece of chocolate cake that you’d been saving for 2 days and you stood there holding open the door to the refrigerator in shock not knowing what to do.
What do you do in moments like these? Do you speed up and try to run down the person who so callously tried to end your life while screaming, “How DARE you!!!” with a fist (or maybe a certain finger) in the air? Do you play a cruel joke on the family member by baking some cookies filled with dirt and give them to him in retribution? To quote the Apostle Paul, “Heaven forbid!” Prayerfully, it’s doubtful that any of us would respond so shamelessly in the face of these horrid actions.
More than likely, you just shout, “OH, SNAP! No they didn’t!” THEN, after taking a few rapid breaths you plot out all the ways that you can repay evil for evil and make the one(s) who offended you pay for all the wrong you’ve suffered at their expense. How dare someone cut you off? Don’t they know the road belongs to you? You’ve been taking this route and driving in this lane for years! Everyone should know your car, and that it’s you on the interstate. Alright, slow down here (literally!) and think. What if the driver of the other car heard some bad news that rattled them, or maybe, they just innocently drifted into the lane you were driving in. It’s also highly possible that they were on the phone and not paying attention (let’s hope not). That doesn’t matter, though; you just want payback to make yourself feel better and it is, of course, all about you.
Oh, and let’s not forget the fridge raiding family member. Yes, you were savoring the thought of eating that cake at that moment and had probably spent the whole day thinking about coming home, sitting in front of the TV and letting the stress of your day melt away as you ate it, bit by delectable bit. What were they thinking by denying you of what was rightfully yours? After all, you’d gone through a lot of trouble preserving that slice of cake, and had even hidden it in the veggie bin to make sure it was overlooked. Why, oh why, did they eat it? Ok, perhaps they were a little inconsiderate, BUT they did you a favor by saving you from consuming about 500 calories and an extra trip to the gym. What if they’d had a horrible day, and needed a shot of chocolate to make them love the world again? You saved them! You gave them what they needed to go on with life. What a Saint you are, and what an awesome witness you provided by not going off on them!
We all have ‘OH, SNAP!’ moments. Deuteronomy 30:19 (couldn’t resist going to the Word) tells us, “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! (New Living Translation)” What’s important is that we ALWAYS choose life instead of choosing to snap. That way, you and your family can live longer and have the opportunity to enjoy another piece of chocolate cake! Enjoy!
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