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Cut Gluttony Cultivate Contentment

Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

I’m not a hunter, but I can relate to the feelings that many of my hunting friends have enjoyed.  I love thinking about food, the hunt for food, capturing my food, preparing and consuming my food.

My love for food — like many loves — can easily be mismanaged.

Mismanaged MMMmmms

I loved Arby’s “5 for $5.95” deal.  I remember sitting in an Arby’s with a freshly filled bag of Arby’s Beef and Cheddar sandwiches — toasted bun, piled high with sliced beef, a doll up of tasty cheddar cheese, complimented by Arby’s Sauce and Horsey Sauce.  Since Arby’s no longer sells that amazing sandwich a quick search turned up the nutrition information. 1

My “5 for $5.95” stop at Arby’s took 25 minutes to consume 2500 calories.  I know that in the middle of sandwich #3 I realized I was “getting full”.  I rationalized that it was no big deal to finish the rest of the sandwich.  I don’t recall what rationale I used to pound in #5, but in it went.

Gluttony is my “favorite” sin.

I love food and unfortunately I rationalize consuming more than I need, and sometimes even more than I want.

Gluttony is defines as “excessive eating and drinking.” 2

I know, this week is Thanksgiving. “Scott, shut up!  I don’t want to hear anymore!”

Okay, if you survived that reaction and are still reading, thank you!

Gluttony

Gluttony is listed on many sin lists, though I was surprised when I learned it’s not on the seven detestable ones in Proverbs, or the big list in Galatians,

I know most of us already are looking forward to our Thanksgiving feasts, but you know what I mean when I say we eat too much:
– We eat a plateful of food, then another, then dessert, then we hover over the cold food
– We unzip our pants.
– We have to stop and rest.
– We slip into a semi-stuffed food-induced sleepy state.
– We feel uncomfortable.
– We say I’m stuffed, though we mean I’m satiated.
– We use the restroom an unusually high amount.

Why?  It’s delicious.
Why? It’s Thanksgiving.
Why?  It may be gone later.

That, right there, that — “It may be gone later.” — is the reason I’m a glutton.  I’m afraid.  I’m selfish.

I’m afraid that God will not provide delicious food the next time I want it.

It’s subtle, but it’s true.  I’m a glutton because I am not content with my riches and I want more and more.

The Bible warns us, “”Listen to me, my children!
Be wise and have enough sense to follow the right path.
Don’t be a heavy drinker or stuff yourself with food.
It will make you feel drowsy, and you will end up poor…” 3

When we eat too much we get lazy.  When we plan to eat too much we spend money needlessly.  It seems like common sense.  This year I’m gonna try to cut gluttony and cultivate contentment. 

1 – MMMmmm Beef and Cheddar math; add fastfoodnutrition.org and livestrong.com #s x 5 = 2500!

2 – http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/gluttony

3 – Proverbs 23:19-21, CEV

Bring on the comments

  1. Love that you post such truth with humor and honesty. Happy Thanksgiving…I am thankful for you!

  2. Tonya, thank you for commenting and for your encouragement to always be real!

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