Too Much of a Good Thing
Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it. Proverbs 25:16
Hundreds, perhaps thousands of books have been written about dieting. Eat this. Do not eat that. Stick with Carbs. Avoid carbs. Go protein. No meat. No bread. No sugar. Less starch. Natural this. Natural that.
In an effort, not to give medical advice but Bible advice, please note the above verse. Finding something sweet to eat is ok, but too much of a good thing can cause pain, hurt, and suffering later. I love Snickers bars, but man cannot live by Snickers bars alone. It is possible to get too much of a good thing!
The best principle for what and how we eat, what we possess, and how we behave is the word “moderation.” Having too much of something, even something good, can actually affect the quality of living in a negative way.
Moderation is a term that is unfamiliar to American culture today. We live in a day of excess. Excess food. Excess weight. Excess games. Excess work. Excessive riches. Excessive expectations. People act as if they deserve the best, they deserve it now, and not many are willing to pay the true price in the present. That is why many people file bankruptcy and rack up tremendous amounts of credit card debt trying to live a “good life.” Most are unfamiliar with moderation and a terrible example of this is the national average of debt for the Federal Government per US taxpayer. It is and astonishing….. $154,161! (Forbes.com)
Words related to the term “moderation” include: restraint, self-control, temperance, and balance. Do these words characterize your life? How about your relationship? Finances? Or even eating candy bars? Here are three ways “Moderation” can help you today:
- Moderation Shows –Dependence upon God. When we are not so focused on amassing “stuff” we demonstrate and evident dependence on God. When we are able to be balanced and not excessive we show that God is able to provide, meet needs, and solve the issues we face. Having nice things is terrific, but it is not the goal for living the Christian life. The goal is to be more like Jesus.
- Moderation Proves – Contentment in the non-tangibles of life. As humans we tend to place value on rare items such as gold, silver, or precious stones. Bling and glamour are attractive to the human nature. A person living in moderation may have gold, silver, or precious stones, but does not find these items inherently valuable in themselves. Value in God’s economy is rooted in faith, hope, and love. Things that you cannot touch or even hold can actually have greater value than material things. I like the old saying : “Some people love things and use people; but we really should use things to love people.”
Peace, joy, and hope are worth more than all the things money can buy. Contentment, fulfillment, and faith cannot be bought but can be uncovered and enjoyed by the person living with a spirit of moderation. Fighting, longing, and working to achieve excess can actually cause the intangibles to flee away. Some people own so much stuff, their stuff actually owns them. Ie. Some cannot get away from the 2 boats, 5 cars, or 3 retreat cabins and have to spend their time maintaining their stuff. Immoderate living can be controlling.
- Moderation Provides – Satisfaction in Spiritual, Emotional, Relational, and Physical ways. The whole person (body, soul, spirit) benefits from the perspective of moderation. A sigh of relief, a spirit at ease, and a mind at rest are possible – with contentment.
The solution to moderation is truly finding our very contentment, meaning, purpose, and value in Jesus. It is Jesus – Who is the cause of true satisfaction in living.
How are you doing with moderation? Do you see balance in your eating and exercise? Do you see temperance in how you relate to other people? Are you restrained in finances for earthly things? Thank the Lord for “good things” while keeping in mind that it is possible to have too much of a good thing!