We associate gluttony with being overweight, but God has really been convicting me lately that gluttony is the sin of overindulging in ANYTHING good. It could be shopping or handbags or even good times versus work. I noticed that my daughter had an innate sense of self-restraint when it came to too much of a good thing, and I wonder if time and inattention can lead into us losing that self-control.
For example, she hasn't seen her best friend in ages, so this weekend they spent the ENTIRE weekend together. My daughter started to feel overwhelmed by the good stuff and needed a break. She said, "Mom, I want to take a shower, but Karen won't let me."
Karen didn't care one iota, FYI, but my daughter didn't know how to take the break she needed from overindulging in fun. I challenged Karen to a battle of epic proportions on "Just Dance 4" -- okay, it was no battle, she whooped me easily. But it gave my daughter the break she needed and then she was ready to go back to the good stuff. The important thing is that my daughter recognized "I've had too much."
It made me question myself. "Have I had too much?" Shopping. Shoes. Soy Mochas. Time off of work. Any of this could be gluttony. But I noticed it's easy to see in my daughter. "She's had too much."
It's not so easy to see in yourself. But reading up on gluttony, it's sort of made me sick to my stomach to think about being a glutton and where I've put my desires over my best interests. It didn't help that my government was hard at work devouring too much of our tax dollars on New Years. (Gluttony in action.) Truthfully, I wish they'd just gotten drunk last night.
If you're honest, do you have gluttony anywhere in your life? Too much work? Too much reading? Too many shoes? Too many handbags? (as if!) Too much drink? Sleep? Where have you taken more than your fair share at the expense of true happiness?