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A DONUT KIND OF DAY
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by MARTIN WILES

PLEASE WELCOME

MARTIN WILES

TO

DEVOTIONAL WEDNESDAY

 

Potiphar’s wife soon began to look at him lustfully. “Come and sleep with me,” she demanded. Genesis 39:7 NLT

She stood there smiling…waiting…tempting.

A lunchtime radio interview about my latest book meant leaving work early. Since I planned to leave around the same time my grandson got dismissed, my wife asked if I would bring him home so she wouldn’t have to get out in the cold weather. This meant an early morning stroll to the elementary wing to let his teacher know I would get him a few minutes early.

I entered the elementary hallway and saw my grandson’s teacher standing in the hallway, talking, and imbibing on a donut. I followed her into her room and told her I would pick my grandson up fifteen minutes earlier than normal. As I was leaving the room, another assistant teacher stood just outside the doorway…smiling…and holding a box of donuts. 

“Dr. Wiles, would you like a donut?” she asked.

“Do I look like a donut kind of a guy?” I said. Before she could answer, I continued, “Of course, I do.”

She offered the box, and I pulled a large dripping-with-sugar donut from the box. For the next five minutes, I relished the sugar…the dough…the calories. And I didn’t feel guilty. After all, I don’t do this very often, but I admit…I’m a sucker for a donut, especially if it’s Krispy Kreme, which this wasn’t. A local pastry shop had bought a truck and was parking it in a vacant lot on one day each week and selling donuts. The kind teacher had stopped by and bought a couple of dozen to share with teachers and staff. I wasn’t about to be rude and refuse, although some who were still on their New Year’s diet did.

When it comes to eating, I follow what some doctors are brave enough to say: “Everything in moderation.” Just as I wasn’t worried about my grandmother eating a few Little Debbie’s every day when she was in her eighties, so I’m not too worried about imbibing in less-than-healthy food occasionally. I didn’t feel guilty, nor did I see my sugar indulging as sinful.

Joseph, on the other hand, had a larger problem. God considered sleeping with a married woman a sin. Wisely, Joseph didn’t try to reason his way out of the temptation—which wasn’t the sin—but ran as fast as he could in the opposite direction. Even when he did the right thing, he still had to face the consequences of a scorned woman.

Temptations come to us all. The temptations aren’t the problem; it’s what we do with them. Giving in puts us in the sinful category, but we don’t have to. God’s Spirit indwells us, giving us the power to say, “No,” as Joseph did—and as I would have had the kind teacher offered me a second donut.

Watching our p’s and q’s—and preparing ahead of time by keeping ourselves away from things we know will tempt us—shows wisdom. And it also helps on those days that are just donut kind of days. Days when everything wrong seems to jump in our path and beckon us to partake.

Think of a few things you can do to prepare for the inevitable donut days.

ABOUT MARTIN WILES

Martin Wiles lives in Greenwood and is the founder of Love Lines from God. He is a freelance editor, English teacher, minister, and author who serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions and as a proof-editor for Courier Publishing. He is the author of six books and has been published in numerous publications. His most recent book, A Whisper in the Woods: Quiet Escapes in a Busy World, released in December 2019.

 

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ABOUT A WHISPER IN THE WOODS

A Whisper in the Woods: Quiet Escapes in a Noisy World was birthed from Martin Wiles' numerous treks with his two children and his middle brother in mountainous areas on the eastern coast of the United States. Through these hiking and camping experiences, God taught him valuable lessons that have seen him through many difficult life experiences.

Martin's weekly devotionals found in A Whisper in the Woods take the reader out of the noise that often accompanies living in this world and into the quiet escapades of wooded areas where the voice of God is more clearly heard.

As you walk with Martin through the mountain valleys and over the high summits, you too will hear God whisper words of comfort to you.

Buy links:

A Whisper in the Woods: Quiet Escapes in a Noisy World https://www.amazon.com/Whisper-Woods-Quiet-Escapes-Noisy/dp/1620208652

Grits & Grace & God https://www.amazon.com/Grits-Grace-God-Heaven-Southern/dp/1645261379

Grits, Gumbo, and Going to Church https://www.amazon.com/Grits-Gumbo-Going-Church-Martin/dp/1798510375

 

 

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