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Too Much of a Good Thing

Too Much of a Good Thing

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by: Ryan Kiblinger, Pastor, Foundation UMC

There are many of us who might say there is no such thing. We, as humans, have developed a massive capacity for ‘more’ and so we think that that could never be too much of something that is good. We can upside, biggie fry, and more, more, more, more with the best of them. But is more necessarily good?

I come from a family of farmers and ranchers. My family still has a ranch, and so I have seen the tanks and what we call ‘the lake’ dwindle down to tininess. I have seen thin cows, and cows that have to be sold due to lack of water, and lack of grass due to lack of water. We have a retired farmer in our congregation who told me he would quit praying once we got 5 inches… We know how it goes. We pray for rain, then we pray for it to stop.

Jeremiah 17.9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” And yet, we live in a world which believes if we could only obtain the desires of our hearts, we would find happiness, and contentment. Amazingly, we often find happiness not in having more, but in having less. People report that the most meaningful and powerful times in their lives are not when they have an abundance, but rather, when there is a time of lack.

Christians don’t seem to fair much better in our quest for more, and our false expectation that we could find happiness and meaning in stuff. Perhaps, it is because we are worshiping God, not for who God is, but rather for the stuff He can provide. How often do we think about the things God has or can give us? Do we think or delight in those things more than we delight in the thought and meditation on God Himself?

I am reminded of that classic film, Willie Wonka. Charlie ends up giving back his ever lasting gobstopper, even though it was a gift given to him. He could have enjoyed it forever. He could have sold it for a profit. Instead, he gave it back. And when he did, he gained a relationship and entrance into a kingdom. A weak analogy to be sure, because what he gained was a kingdom of candy, while we inherit the kingdom of God. Come to God today. Worship Him as King. He won’t always give you what you want, but He is what you need.

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