Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Too Much of a Good Thing...

As I have recounted previously, a toxicologist once wisely stated, "Anything in sufficient concentration is toxic, and any toxin in low enough concentration is not toxic."

I was thinking about this observation with regard to food, just this AM during prayer time.

A friend, Rex, once shared that money is like oxygen, you need a little to survive."

Absolutely true in modern culture, but we need to keep in mind that even oxygen and money are toxic in high enough concetrations.

Food is another illustration.  Insufficient food and we starve!  So, we can never eat too much, can we?

WRONG, as we all now know.

But a lot of things are on what we call a "U-shaped" curve.  Too much exercise is as bad as too little.  Too little sodium (i.e. sodium chloride- salt) is as bad as too much.

These illustrations are pretty easy to see, but where I struggle is on money.  Too much money is as bad as too little.

Impossible!  you might say.

Think about a couple of things that Jesus said about money.
1 Tim 6: 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil: which some reaching after have been led astray from the faith, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Matt 19:  23 And Jesus said unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, It is hard for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.
And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
I struggle too.  I have to remind myself over and over that too much of anything is bad indeed.   Even money!

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