Consequences Follow

Tell me I’m not alone. Tell me that you too have occasionally found yourself in over your head in everything from menus to relationships.

Our evening started simply. My friend and I were going out to enjoy a fine dinner. We came ready to eat our fill. We skipped lunch to be sure we had enough room. I should have fasted for a week!

Are they small portions,” I queried of the waiter?  “Oh, yes Ma’am.” he replied. (I should have known something was up when he called me Ma’am. (referring to a woman past middle age!) 

 Because he seemed truthful (HA!) we both ordered the combo plate which included steak, stuffed sole and salmon. As he left our table, the waiter muttered “You sure must like protein, aye?”  Oh, Oh.

The meal started with a super bunny-sized salad. Remember now, we were hungry. Of course, we ate every bite. 

And then the ‘small portions’ of food arrived. An 8oz steak graced the platter beside a flank of salmon and a roll of stuffed sole. The garlic mashed potatoes rivalled them in size. We were stuffed beyond belief but the meal came with a ‘free’ dessert! And determined to get our money’s worth, we ate that too!

Do we ever think ahead to the consequences of foolishness? A little discretion and even a takeout box for later would have prevented a two-pound gain at my next class weigh -in.

 God gives us wisdom but we have to use it! 

Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘this person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.” (Luke 14:28-30, NIV)

Prayer- Lord, remind us to consider the consequences before we dive in to our next big event, whether it be eating or anything else. By the power of Jesus through the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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