Two Ounces of Truth
by Kevin Thompson
I was at my grandson’s baseball game on a Friday night. Running late from work and other things, we didn’t have time to make dinner, sit down, eat, and get to the game on time, so we ate the usual fare at the concession stand—cheeseburgers, fries, and a soda.
In the middle of one of the innings, I decided I was going to have dessert. One small, two-ounce tub of cotton candy, which I had seen on the counter earlier. It had been years since I had eaten any, and I decided it was time to relive some childhood memories.
My daughter mentioned something about needing an insulin shot before I indulged myself (and no, I do not have diabetes, in case you’re wondering). Being a nurse, you understand her concern. However, she didn’t question my earlier purchase as she sat there and partook of similar concession stand delicacies.
In jest, I noted that the entire tub of cotton candy was only 220 calories, much less than the cheeseburger and fries I had consumed. And, according to the label, it was fat free as well…at least going down, that is. Except for the artificial flavors and colors, it was all natural.
Blue raspberry-flavored sugar.
I enjoyed it without a hint of a diabetic coma. Should I have eaten it? Probably not. I’m not going to start a cotton candy consumption custom at every game, either, so don’t worry. However, I am more concerned about what comes out of my mouth than what goes into it, for Jesus said, “From out of the heart, the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34).
Cotton candy cannot make me the least in the kingdom of heaven or keep me out of there altogether (cf. Matthew 5:17-20), but what comes from my heart can. Jesus said so in Mark 7:1-23. And if what comes from my heart causes others to walk away from my Lord and Savior as well, rejecting Him as the answer to life itself, then I am in far worse shape than anything a tub of blue raspberry-flavored sugar can cause.
Kevin Thompson is a former English teacher who believed that if he was going to teach students about writing, he should put his money where his mouth was. Since that time, he has written three award-winning novels and serves now as an assistant principal at a public high school. You can find him on the web at his website www.ckevinthompson.com/, writer’s blog www.ckevinthompson.blogspot.com/, Facebook and Twitter @CKevinThompson