An overweight businessman decided it was time to shed some excess pounds. He took his new diet seriously, even changing his commute to work to avoid his favorite bakery.
However, one morning he arrived at the office carrying a huge coffee cake. His staff began to scold him, but he said, “Wait, I can explain. This is a very special coffee cake. I accidentally drive by the bakery this morning and happened to see lots of coffee cakes in the window. So I prayed, ‘Lord, if you want me to have one of those delicious coffee cakes, then let there be a parking space directly in front of the bakery.’ And sure enough, the eighth time around the block, there it was.”
Our capacity for rationalizing is ingenious and devilish. Therefore, most of us need to meet regular with a small group of friends who are loving and honest enough to hold us accountable to our highest standards.