Moderation in Everything
We continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
Our appetites can overtake us and make us their slaves. Perfectly good activities can get us into trouble when we fail to practice them in moderation. Or there may be times when we don't feed our appetites in a balanced way. Then we find ourselves so starved that we fall to our addictions at the first opportunity.
This happened to Esau. One day he came home so hungry that he promised his birthright to his younger brother in exchange for a bowl of porridge. We're warned, "Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birthright as the firstborn son for a single meal. You know that afterward, when he wanted his father's blessing, he was rejected. It was too late for repentance, even though he begged with bitter tears" (Hebrews 12:16-17). The apostle Paul wrote, "You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything'—but not everything is good for you. And even though ‘I am allowed to do anything,' I must not become a slave to anything" (1 Corinthians 6:12).
We need to satisfy our appetites in appropriate ways, so we don't become starved and become more susceptible to temptation. There may be some good things that have such control over us that it's best to avoid them altogether. If we allow the demands of our appetites to become overpowering, we risk losing things (or people) that we might never get back.
We must learn to evaluate the long-range effects of our choices and actions.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.