I took doughnut ammunition with me when I set out to babysit the grandchildren. While these blatant bribes used to work, they didn’t have the same effect this time.
The ten-year-old boldly told me that they were no longer her favourite and held out for almost two hours before eating any. The seven-year-old wanted one every twenty minutes. When refused, he simply waited a while and asked again. The six-year-old cried out, “Doughnuts are for lunch, not for breakfast!” Right after lunch, he took the whole box, held it captive between his knees and used both hands to stuff doughnuts into his mouth as fast as he could.
Result in all cases: An empty box of doughnuts.
How do you approach a box of doughnuts? Do you follow Christ with the same enthusiasm?
“The seed cast in the gravel—this is the person who hears and instantly responds with enthusiasm. But there is no soil of character, and so when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, there is nothing to show for it. (Matthew 13:20-21, MSG)
Prayer – Lord, help us respond to prayer with the same enthusiasm as we do to our doughnuts. Amen