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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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May 31, 2013 - Too Much of a Good Thing?

By Gary Rogers

Is there such a thing as too much of a good thing? Can pleasures be overindulged to the point they are no longer enjoyed? This sounds like an experiment I'd like to apply for.

Can you imagine being asked to discover how long it would take to sit on a white beach with blue water and a beautiful sky before it became boring? As much as I love that setting, I have to admit it probably would not take me very long before I was bored.

I love riding a good rollercoaster. The straight-up climb that becomes the straight-down dive, the loop, and even the backwards repeat are all a rush. But what about after riding 10 times or 20 times or 100 times?

I was at Six Flags Over Texas when a young man was attempting to break a roller coaster record. He was a few cars ahead of me and he looked like he was having everything but fun. When we came in to the stop, a doctor was on the platform ready to check his vital signs. The OK signal was given, and as I walked away there he went again. Is there a place where the thrill of a rollercoaster becomes torture and even a health risk?

"If you find honey, eat just enough — too much of it, and you will vomit" (Proverbs 25:16, NIV).

Honey is good! I add two teaspoons of locally raised honey every morning to my coffee. I love honey, but too much and it is not good anymore. The proverb teaches us that even in the good things of life there is a need for moderation. Vacations are great, but a perpetual vacation would eventually become a drag. (How would you like to be the subject in that experiment?)

God's Word speaks of enjoying life. God's Word challenges us to never be bored with life. We are instructed to find fulfillment in our labors and joy in our pleasures. Balance is the key.

First Timothy 6:17 teaches us to trust in God who gives us all things to enjoy. James 1:17 says, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning" (NKJV).

God wants us to be fulfilled in our work and to laugh in our play. God wants us to live with anticipation and expectation, not dread. Variety, steps of faith, and traveling into the unknown are all aspects of walking with God. It is never boring and never a drag to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit as He guides us into the next challenge in life.

You will find true and everlasting fulfillment in your personal relationship with God. In your relationship with Him, there is never too much of His good things.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.



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