Now here is the rub: I have a 12 year old son. With a kid that age, there are ALWAYS treats around, today's addition being some delicious looking Entenmen's donuts. I like donuts. I don't feel great when I eat them, but they are TASTY and really fun to eat. Ya.
Ironically, the most reliable predicter of whether one will gain weight in the future is the simple question, have you been on a diet in the last decade? If the answer is YES, then statistically one is likely to gain weight. You read that right, being on a diet makes you MORE likely to gain weight. Not real inspiring for the health-conscious.
So as I am avoiding the donuts, even knowing that by doing so I am pretty well guarunteed to be elbow deep in them in the not to distant future, it gets me thinking about living righteously and temptation. We sure feel better when we avoid negative input (excess spending, lust, over-use of alcohol, etc.) BUT is it like dieting, where our efforts towards avoidance result in inevitable indulgence? Maybe so if we look at the meteoric rise and fall of many prominant Christians.
Is this why the Bible is so full of partying? (Dont be shocked; if you bothered to read it you'd find out it's there.)
Hmmm... conclusion: donuts = proof God wants us to have fun.
Ah well, I'm still not gonna eat one.