It's Tuesday...time to talk about another one of the
"Seven Deadly Sins".
I really wish I hadn't said last week that we would discuss ......shhhhhh.....g-l-u-t-t-o-n-y.....this week. That was supposed to be a whisper.
Want to know why?
Because, I do not like that word at all....so.....if I don't "say" it too many more times, you'll still know what I'm talking about...right???
You understand what I mean?
There are just certain words in the English language that aren't pretty....aren't nice to say....they just don't roll off your tongue very well....and the "g word" is one of them.
It could be because this is one of the sins that I am probably most guilty of :(
Here is the definition of that horrible word....according to Merriam-Webster on-line:
Excess in eating; extravagant indulgence of the appetite for food.
Do not carouse with drunkards, or feast with gluttons, for they are on their way to poverty, and too much sleep clothes them in rags.
Okay...I am definitely no Bible scholar...but here is my interpretation of that verse of scripture. First of all...we are known by the company we keep....birds of a feather flock together...are you getting where I'm coming from...or where I'm heading? If we run with the "wrong" crowd...seen in the company of people who get drunk...do drugs...party...choose an "alternate" lifestyle...cheat on their spouse...is any of this making sense?!?!?....then, we will get the reputation that we do the same. The part that says "for they are on their way to poverty"..... we know that an excessive lifestyle can lead to our money going for things that aren't needful....and when you think of gluttony (yuk)....think of all the money and time and energy that is spent on diet plans...pills....exercise equipment....books.
I really wish I had back all the money I've wasted on those items.
I also think it can lead to "spiritual poverty".....which is even worse. To be out of God's will...to be living and acting and doing things that are not Christian....we become lazy, as the verse says....not just physically lazy, but also spiritually lazy...we become involved in things that lead us farther and farther away from God....and remember He's not the one who moves...it's us!!!
We sometimes get out of church....or, we still attend church and pretend all's right in our world and try to cover up our sin by appearing spiritual.
Doing a bit of research about gluttony....I came across this little saying:
"Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign that something is eating us."
WOW!!! Doesn't that just speak volumes?!? Boy, it does to me....I overeat when I am stressed...upset....or, even tired. So, all of those things are "eating at me", which makes me search for the nearest thing chocolate that I can put my hands on!!! Doesn't even matter if I'm "full as a tick", as my Daddy used to say....I still go ahead and eat!!! Then, comes the never ending cycle....I'm upset so I eat...then, I feel bad because I've overate...and it leads to me being more upset and emotional...and so I eat some more!!!
Somebody, please slap me !!!
Here's another little quote that I came across that can apply to an "appetite" for most anything sinful...not just food:
"The more that the appetite is indulged, the stronger it becomes - and the harder it is to control. But if the appetite is restrained, then it soon grows weak and feeble, and finally disappears altogether."
If we're going to have an appetite for anything...let's let it be for the word of God!!!
In His Love...and with mine!!!