We managed a couple of short rides, too. First, we rode to Amish country and my favorite meat market in Winesburg, Ohio, so I could stock up on fresh, homemade jalapeno beef jerky and local sharp cheddar cheese. You see, I'm back on a no-carb kick after reaching the height of disgust when I caught an unexpected reflection of the un-posed me in a plate-glass window. But I digress.
Our second motorcycle outing of the weekend was a serendipitous event inspired by a couple of our favorite riding buddies and neighbors, Don and Linda. Sunday evening, after we pulled into the drive via the SUV after a long day of church visits, D&L caught us and asked if we'd like to ride with them to Taggarts to get ice cream.
I inwardly groaned at the thought of having to fight off the carb temptation so early in my diet, but I steeled my resolve and we saddled up and mounted our faithful friend, Silver. (For those of you who aren't "in the know," Silver is what we named our black-and-silver Harley Road King Classic when he first joined our family back in '03.)
Wouldn't you know it, my husband and our friends just had to order my favorite sugar high--Turtle sundaes, heavy on the pecans.
I ordered water. With lemon.
When their sundaes arrived, I tried my best not to play the part of the martyr, but I guess I wasn't doing a very good job. David offered to let me eat the lo-carb whipped cream off the top of his sundae before he took his first bite. Of course, I complied. Then, I sat back and watched as my three companions enjoyed their sweet treats.Sigh. Why is it I just have to look at food and gain weight while everyone else can eat anything and everything they want? Why do I have to work so hard to take off every stinkin' pound? Why can't I have Linda's metabolism. Why? Why me? Poor, pitiful woe-is-me!
As a writer, do you ever find yourself playing the part of the martyr? Are you jealous of the successes of others when you've worked so hard and have yet to be published. Do you fight the urge to think, I'm every bit as good a writer as _____, why HER and not ME?
Newsflash--Even Christian authors are human. We are capable of wrestling with the same temptations of jealousy as our secular counterparts. How have you been able to overcome the lure of jealousy when another author enjoys the sweet success you deserve?
Proverbs 27:4 issues this warning--
"Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?"