Sunday, December 4, 2022

How much is too much?

From The Pastor’s Pen – By Brian Horrobin

I was watching a very interesting video back on July 28 of this year, the day after the National Chicken Finger Day (and yes, there is such a thing!).

World-renowned Joey Chestnut, he of Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest fame, downed 44 chicken fingers in just five minutes, to the delight of adoring fans and many online viewers.

I am sure you are not surprised to hear that this is now the world record for such a feat.

This comes on the heels of his 15th Nathan’s Hotdog Eating Contest win on July 4th where the perennial champ devoured 63 wieners with buns in just 10 minutes.

Hey, I like a good frankfurter with mustard and sauerkraut, or a few tender, juicy chicken fingers just like any other non-vegan, but is there such a thing as too much?

Our society craves a lot of things, and not just food.

In addition to super-sizing our take-out orders we also like copious amounts of social media, online gaming, binge watching sitcoms, and the endless accumulation of money and material things.

All of these things are temporal and will not profit us in eternity.

Consider the wise advice of Proverbs 23:1-5: “When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive. Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.”

A better choice for things to crave comes to us from Colossians 3:2: “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

What are you craving these days, my friend?

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