Yesterday my awesome husband bought me a GIGANTIC bag of peanut M & Ms. I had said in passing, “I need a big bag of M&Ms!” What I forgot to say is my goal for 2019 is NO SWEETS in the HOUSE! Out of sight…out of mouth which equates to… out of mouth… off of thighs!
When my kind husband brought me the bag I had some serious decisions to make. What is a woman to do when this beautiful, ginormous bag of M&Ms is given as a heartfelt gift from her kind, caring husband? I did what any good, godly, Bible obeying woman would do! I pigged out!!
I’ve started reading through the Bible this year. I read yesterday where Eve was created to be Adam’s helpmate! What kind of helpmate would I be if I did not eat the M&Ms? In an attempt to be a godly woman and honor my husband, I ate almost 1/2 the bag. I hated to do it, but I felt I must be a doer of the word and not just a hearer.
After fulfilling my wifely duty and eating way too many M&Ms, I hid them from myself. If I put them somewhere bizarre, by morning I would not remember where I put them! It was the perfect plan! I placed the bag on Michael’s dresser knowing he would devour the bag by lunch.
While vacuuming this morning, my daughter walked in the room with a handful of …. you know… and asked if I wanted some!
“WHERE DID YOU FIND THOSE?” I asked. “I hid them from myself so I wouldn’t eat any today.”
“They were sitting on top of Michael’s dresser,” she replied, looking at me like, “What kind of hiding place is that?”
“Oh yea!” my plan returning to my memory.
I caved. Actually, I did the Biblical thing! I acted like every Proverbs 31 woman and I ate more peanut M&Ms. Then I quickly told my son, “Hide these from me please!”
“Okay,” he said 1/2 heartedly. I really didn’t think he’d remember to do it. Part of the overall plan. 😉
An hour later, the family was gone. I was steadily cleaning house when I realized, “I need some more of those M&Ms!” I put down the cleaning supplies and tiptoed into Michael’s room. GONE! They were gone! He really hid the M&Ms from me! NOOOOOOOO!!! I have to confess, I searched. Yes, I looked for the bag. Tore his room apart in a matter of minutes. To my disappointment, all I found was dirty clothes, an empty coke bottle, and a few receipts from Christmas.
I walked out of the room dejected but I learned something.
- Accountability is key in setting goals but people can’t help if they don’t know what you are doing! Share your goals with people you love and trust.
- Give people permission to be your hiders and don’t be mad when they do! Maybe it’s sweets or shopping or TV shows. Ask people to hide the remote control and cut up your debit card. Whatever it takes. We all need good accountability friends!
Solomon actually said it best,
“A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back to back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” Ecc 4:12
Determine your goals for 2019 and establish accountability. Let your “cords” know and give them permission to act. Discover the difference 2 or 3 can make in your life!