Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Excess or Moderation?

By Andrea Merrell

“Can you really have too much of a good thing?” someone asked. The lively discussion that followed ended with a resounding yes!

Think about water. An essential element for life. Without it we can’t bathe, cook, or even make coffee. Our bodies need it to maintain good health. Plants, trees, and grass depend on it to grow. But too much can cause flooding, resulting in much damage.

And what about fire? It gives us light, cooks our food, and keeps us warm, but too much can destroy homes, buildings, property, and even lives.

The Bible says, “use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities” (1 Timothy 5:23 NKJV). But it also says, "don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life” (Ephesians 5:18 NLT).

In all things, it’s a matter of moderation vs. excess. God has richly given us a treasury of resources for sustaining life. And He expects us to use them wisely. We just need to remember that:

  • Too much sun can lead to a sunburn.
  • Too much spending can lead to bankruptcy.
  • Too much food can cause weight and health problems.
  • Too much worry …
  • Too much stress …
  • Too much …

You fill in the blank. Make sure your life is governed by moderation and balance. Whenever you’re excessive, make sure it’s in spending time with the Lord, in His presence and in His Word. That’s the one thing you can never have too much of.

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Can you really have too much of a good thing? Make sure your life is governed by moderation and balance. via @AndreaMerrell (Click to tweet.)

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