Too Much Happiness

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Philippians 4:5 KJV

There are so many things in this life that God has given us to enjoy, and He does want us to have pleasure while we are here. Relationships, eating, drinking, work, health, exercise, hobbies, are all valuable pursuits. However, none of these are to become the end goal and sole focus of your life.

Anytime something becomes more important in your life than God, then the cart is getting in front of the horse. Before long your life will take on an unhealthy balance. Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit and it almost the opposite of addiction. Like Paul, we are to discipline our bodies and make it obey us, rather than following what it desires.

'But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.' (1 Corinthians 9:27).

Jesus told a parable in Luke 12:21 about a man who hoarded wealth and the last verse was: "So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God." The problem was the man was 'not rich toward God' not because he was wealthy. God wants you to have wealth, but not for wealth to have control you. God wants you to have food, but not for food to have control over you.

So put God first in your life. Involve Him in your work, in your relationships, in your hobbies, pray over your meals, and during your workouts. If you do this, then things will balance and He will show you when enough is enough. When He is invited into your life, He will take part in your activities and help you maintain a healthy balance. Moderation in all things, including moderation.

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You so much for all that You have given me. Please help me discipline my life and learn when to say no. Help me to know when enough is enough. Teach me Your way and give me a clear vision of the bigger picture. Make me steadfast, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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