Thoughts for the Week

Overdoing Good Things

Life is full of fascinating diversions and God made this incredible world full of things to explore, discover, and enjoy.

But sometimes I struggle with overdoing it.

Proverbs 25:16 brings up what happens when we overindulge in something good, “If you find honey, eat just enough – too much of it, and you will vomit”(NIV).

During Biblical times, honey was one of the sweetest and most delectable foods available. It was perhaps the equivalent to our ice cream, cakes, pies, and cookies.

However, this is not merely hinting at overeating. This principle can also apply to other good things in our lives. Netflix, social media, vacation time, shopping trips, and even time with friends can be overdone.

These things are the cultural “honey” of today. Very sweet and good. But it’s best to remember moderation, otherwise you may feel like you want to mentally and emotionally vomit. Anyone who has Netflix binged an entire TV show in one sitting can probably attest to this.

The healthiest way (physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually) to enjoy this amazing world God gave us is not all at once. Take breaks from a good activity now and then if you feel you’re getting too attached.

Go take a walk, stop and read something, or stop and pray for someone. It turns out you will probably like the activity even more once coming back to it.

Copyright 2016 by Molly Farnsley. Use by permission only.

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