Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Excess—A Matter of Perspective
By Micky Wolf
Excess: the state or an instance of surpassing usual, proper, or specified limits
Given that reality, I am struck with avoiding excess words in this post.
Therefore, a few ‘surpassings’ (pardon the grammar) to ponder.
It is usual to skip or miss a meal on occasion...beyond that, excess in the guise of being malnourished?
It is proper to check doors and locks before leaving the house…beyond that, excess in the guise of being obsessive?
It is specified by law to travel at certain speeds on highways…beyond that, excess in the guise of being reckless?
It is usual to purchase goods and services for daily life…beyond that, excess in the guise of strangling debt?
It is proper to encourage children to be adventurous and responsible…beyond that, excess in the guise of absentee authority?
It is specified by the physician that medication be used according to prescription…beyond that, excess in the guise of addiction?
Our wherewithal as human creatures to surpass limits and behave in excess can be a personal choice resulting in unpleasant or painful consequences for self and others.
And then there’s the Divine perspective that offers an entirely different meaning:
Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.” (Luke 6:38)
Overflowing. The good kind of excess. The kind that surpasses the usual, proper, or specified limits of our human understanding.
So, go be a giver. Not for what you can get. But because God truly does desire to fill your lap—and your heart—with the best of His love, mercy, and grace.