Can you believe it will soon be time to begin the many preparations for the holiday season with its oft-repeated groan, “why do I always do this to myself (eat so much)?” And, that question is usually followed by, “I won’t eat so much next time.” It is a time when my father will sit back in his chair, rub his belly and say, “I have had an elegant sufficiency, and to eat any more is an overflow of abundancy.” Then there is my brother-in law’s mother, “ I am full to the quitty quatty, and to eat any more would be obnoxious.“ You know you over indulged on the holiday meal when…
- Paramedics bring in the Jaws of Life to pry you out of the EZ-Boy.
- A guest quotes a Biblical passage from “The Feeding of the 5000.”
- That rash on your stomach turns out to be steering wheel burn.
- Representatives from the Butterball Hall of Fame called twice.
Merriam-Webster.com describes gluttony as:
- excess in eating or drinking
- greedy or excessive indulgence.
Hmmm… Food and drink are not the only things we use to stuff ourselves. There is shopping, video games, television, and hobbies to name a few. These things in themselves are not bad for us but how we relate to them can be. When we realize our fixation is harmful, we tend to moderate our behavior, even going cold turkey. But is parsimony the answer to gluttony? Or is the knowledge when enough is sufficient? There is one obsession we need not withdrawal from – time spent with God in prayer and studying His Word. He is more than sufficient for all we ever need or want. So, go ahead, stuff yourself. (I Corinthians 6:12 NIV, 2 Corinthians 9:8)