The More the Better

Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control. - Proverbs 25:28

Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “excess” as “Action that goes beyond a reasonable limit. An amount greater than is necessary.”  If you live in the United States, this concept isn’t very difficult to grasp.  Our new American motto seems to be “the more, the better”—no matter what it’s more of.  Listen to these statistics:

-          Obesity, time spent watching television, and consumer credit debt are at all-time highs.
-          About one in five Americans has a sexually transmitted disease.
-          Addictions now affect over 30 percent of American families.
-          There were over 1.5 million personal bankruptcies filed last year.
-          The average American household wields more than16 credit cards, and carries credit-card balances of almost $9,000 per household.
-          There are now more registered cars on our roads than there are licensed drivers. 

Jesus said he came that we might have an abundant life, not an excessive life. There is a difference!

“Where there is too much, something is missing.” Jewish saying

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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.