SWEET TEA! I am from the South and I really like sweet tea. I don’t just drink it to quench my thirst but I really do enjoy a glass of ice cold sweet tea. You have to have ice not just tea. I went to the store the other day to replenish my supply and would you know they only had unsweetened tea. As I frantically searched through that cooler for sweet tea I discovered that all they had was unsweetened tea. Now, what kind of a store in the South runs out of sweet tea and then fills their cooler with unsweetened tea? No real Southerner drinks unsweetened tea unless in a real weakened condition. All this led me to ask, “How much sugar am I getting in a glass of sweet tea?” This led me to discover that in a 12oz glass of sweet tea, at least in my brand, I am getting 32 grams of sugar or about 6.4 teaspoons. Now that causes me to think a little. That is a lot of sugar in twelve ounces. In fact that is more than I put in my wife’s double helping of cream of wheat each morning. Now I am rethinking my sweet tea consumption but I probably won’t quit drinking it; maybe just the amount I consume.

You know there are a lot of people in this world like me just going through their daily life and not really checking on their habits because, well, just because they have always done it that way. Satan really likes that in us. I don’t think Satan is particularly concerned about our sweet tea habits but he really likes it when we continue on in sin and don’t give a second thought to our sinful habits. In fact I think he encourages us to do that and he is really subtle about it. As Christians the fact we have always done something in a certain manner isn’t good enough for God. Without thinking we may carry habits into our Christian life from our former lost state and think they are OK. Or we may develop habits as Christians that we think are OK just because everyone else is doing it. Satan loves both of those scenarios. God’s Word reminds us that we need to face God daily, moment by moment, and pray, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the everlasting,” (Psalm 139:23-24 NIV). You see, in the long run, it isn’t how well we like something, and it certainly isn’t good just because everyone else is doing it, but it is God’s opinion concerning our habits and thoughts that really count? Why did my store run out of sweet tea? Now I really have to think about my sugar consumption and my other habits.

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