Little White Devils

pexels-photo-433635.jpegI was ready.  This wasn’t my first rodeo, so I fasted before the lab tests, just in case they’d forgotten to tell me.  As I followed the tech down the hall, she studied my lab sheet and said,

“So- let’s see… when was the last time you ate?”

“12 hours ago.”

“Great….and no coffee, or gum or mints or…”

“Nope, no coffee, gum, …umm…well…uh…I did have three little Altoids, just a few minutes ago…three little Al…”

She came to such an abrupt halt, I nearly ran into the back of her.

By her look of horror, you’d think I’d just said,

“Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.”

Well, one thing led to another, and 20 hours from the start of this whole thing, I ended up the poster child for World Hunger-well, in my shallow little world, anyway.

Three Altoids. Partaking of them can’t possibly be considered indulgent, I didn’t even enjoy them. What possible effect could they have on the big picture? I should’ve messed up on an accidental hot-fudge sundae instead.

Well, apparently, those little white devils distort the truth, and thus the outcome of the tests, assessments and treatments.

Three mini-mints, like the mini-sins I ignore, or justify, or reason away as being no big deal—

The smirk, the disparaging remark, the tiny indulgences no one sees—they distort truth, and affect my over-all responsiveness to the Lord and others. I could be the next poster child for

Soul Hunger.

Better to confess and start over.  The hunger will end in the sweet satisfaction of Truth revealed.

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Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I didn’t laugh.” But the LORD said, “No, you did laugh.”  Genesis 18:15

A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.  Pro. 15:14

Create in me a clean heart oh Lord, and renew a right spirit in me. Psalm 51:10

For He satisfies the thirsty, and fills the hungry with good things.  Psalm 107:9

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