It it were up to me and I could eat anything I wanted without the consequences, my diet would consist of nothing but peanut butter. Smooth or creamy, it doesn’t matter to me. There’s something about a spoonful of honey roasted peanut better that makes everything right with the world. Typically I’m pretty good about saying no. Occasionally I’ll purchase a jar as a treat with the intention of only eating a spoonful every few days, only to find that within a few hours I’ve consumed the entire jar.
It’s not that big of a deal though, right? Well, considering on average a cup of peanut butter contains 24 grams of sugar, things could add up quickly. Spoonfuls turn into cupfuls and soon an entire jar has been consumed. The same is true with any addiction. Often things start small only to snowball into a larger more evident addiction. It’s not until the entire jar has been consumed, and it’s the second jar in a week, that it becomes apparent that there’s a problem.
For me an my addiction to peanut butter the solution is simple: Don’t buy it. That’s been the case of numerous foods that I once loved but decided during my journey to better health and fitness weren’t beneficial for me. Look though my kitchen pantry and you won’t find sugar, chocolate or even flour. There are times I have cravings, but the easiest (and best) thing for me is to now allow them in my house.
What addictions are hindering you from making progress toward your goals and living in freedom? It could be a food you’re not willing to let go of, or even something more serious like pornography or alcohol. Maybe it’s an addiction to Facebook, consuming hours of your day and crushing your self-image as you compare your life to the pictures and status updates of others. (I only say this because months ago that was me.) Whatever your addiction, peanut butter to pornography, take steps to fight toward freedom.
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. | 1 Corinthians 10:13