The ONE THING for today

Too much of a good thing

  • Proverbs 25:16 (NKJV) Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, lest you be filled with it and vomit. 

The timing couldn’t have been better for this verse than March 25, 2014 when I last read it. It was day-3 into a vacation cruise Sonja and I were taking. If you’ve ever taken a cruise you will understand immediately what I am talking about.

If you’ve never taken a cruise then imagine being able to eat 24 hours a day virtually anything you can imagine and eating as much of it as you want. If eating is your thing—then a cruise ship is about as close to Paradise as you can get on earth.

I remember the first couple of cruises Sonja and I took—we hurt ourselves. It was then that I learned to apply the valuable lesson taught in today’s proverb.

There is another important principle taught by this proverb: Prosperity and abundance can reveal as much about someone’s character as poverty and adversity.

To much of the rest of the world, the United States of America is like a big cruise ship. Even the poor of our land have an abundance that millions around the world can only dream of.

With that abundance comes responsibility. Demonstrating the character qualities of humility and thanksgiving would have to be near the top of the list of responsibilities. Other character qualities should be: practicing moderation and joyfully sharing our God-endowed abundance with those who are less fortunate.

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