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Kandi Farris: Fill up with the Word

By Kandi Farris

Sugar shock -- that's what I'm in, y'all. As I write this, I am tanked up on king cake. My last king cake. It had to be removed from the premises, so it was breakfast, lunch and, so far, mid-afternoon snack.

I'm done. Those were my words after Thanksgiving and Christmas. Having thoroughly enjoyed every lovely piece of holiday dessert in front of me, my plan was to ditch all sugary confections from my world. All was well and good until Cooper took me on a jaunt to Gulf Shores, Ala., where, upon entering a supermarket, there it was. It was like floodlights were beaming down on what was to be my nemesis: the dreaded king cake.

We scooped it up for our treat. Cooper said his knuckles were raw from my knocking his hands away from this heavenly cream cheese and strawberry delight. After that fall from grace, it was a continuous hunt for the best cake around, which meant I would have to sample many before coming to a final conclusion. This wasn't good.

As the weather got cold and rainy, I couldn't take my daily walks. My compulsion for king cake and lack of exercise have added extra width to my shadow. This isn't good.

This sweet tooth of mine is something harmful when enjoyed in such large quantities. There is scripture that applies to handling the lure of "too much" if I chose to follow. It simply says, "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it." (1 Corinthians 10:13)

There wasn't a whole lot of "want to" in my quitting. Considering the above scripture, there was a way of escape. When king cake season began, it took six tries to find a king cake, as they were selling like hot cakes, but I continued until I found one.

Now the king cakes are gone. It's Valentine's Day. It's a day chock-full of chocolate and then the week after, all the candy will be half price. So, here it is -- there will always be more sugar, more temptation. It has to be a decision, and it has to mine.

That'll preach. I've joked about this, but there are a huge amount of delicious things in this world. When one is gone, another will pop up, and here we go again. Delicious things in small quantities aren't necessarily bad for a person, but excess of anything is really not good. It is no joke when the thing or things master us.

Scripture says, "Choose this day whom you will serve. As for me and my house, we will choose the Lord." Instead of overindulging, let's commit to filling ourselves with scripture. Let's put our focus on the sweet love of the Father and of others.

Kandi Farris, a freelance correspondent, also is a speaker on matters of faith and values.