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Friday, March 11, 2016

Think About It

Moderation
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

What is moderation? Some have said that moderation is that which is within reasonable limits, and never to excess. Others see it as being in balance and having self-control or restraint. But how do you know what’s in moderation and what is not? When does something go past that invisible line of moderation and enters into the extreme. Is it different from one person to the next? In other words, what is in moderation to one is extreme to the other?

I’ve been accused of never doing things in moderation. For example, I typically walk five miles a day, which is my normal for every day. The other day I threw an hour and a half kayak excursion into the mix. The next day I was exhausted. Did I bite of more than I could chew? Did I cross the line into excessive? I’ve thought about that and realized that my hour and a half kayak trip was nonstop. My heart rate was up to 130 and I wasn’t admiring the scenery. I was on a mission; it wasn’t about time, it was about getting around the perimeter of the lake. I suppose I wasn’t counting the cost. My wife would say that I don’t know the word slow. Maybe I just don’t know what it means to do things in moderation. You’d think after almost 70 years that I would.

The Apostle Paul stated in I Corinthians 6:12, “You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything.” I suppose that one of the keys to moderation is the question “Is it good for me?” Had I asked that question before I set out to do the perimeter of the lake the answer would have probably been no. I also have to admit that I have lived a life with the attitude that I can do anything, so everything becomes a challenge to overcome. Biting off more than I can chew has been the norm rather than the exception. You’d think I’d learn.

So today I sit and contemplate how I’m going to get the training in for a 400 mile bicycle trip later this year, while staying in that zone of moderation. Perhaps the key is to focus on what’s good for me today. Think about it.

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