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Topic: Childhood (09/03/09)
TITLE: CANNED PEAS!
By Rebecca O'Connor
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Now I came from a generation of baby boomers who did not know that we had the right to do anything other than breathe and obey. Whining was also not in our inventory of possible reactions. So what was a kid like me to do except to become a master at ridding myself of peas without detection.
I swallowed a few with water as if they were capsules, mashed some to adhere under my pork chop bone while throwing the rest quietly in the four corners of the kitchen and under the stove until gone. I was finally able to leave the table and Mom would say, “See that wasn’t so bad was it?” Nope, it just took some creative maneuvering, I thought to myself sending her a smile.
This memory from my childhood actually taught me a great lesson about sin. The devil will never tempt me with canned peas. I do not have to resist the temptation to eat them, nor do I find them a difficult abstinence! If I had been a brilliant child I could have given them up for Lent.
We need to treat sin like canned peas, for we cannot be tempted with that which we hate. The problem with mankind is that we do not hate sin. We put ourselves on a diet from sin as Christians, but find that we hate the diet more than the sin so slipping is all too easy.
I have found that the more I love about God the less I love about sin, making sin resemble canned peas more and more each day. This is one way to make all the dread of finding those little green balls on my plate pay off!
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