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Daily Verse: “Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.” Prov. 23:20-21
Excessive eating and drinking come from more profound problems. As a person who has struggled with anxiety and depression my entire life, in years past, I drank too much to numb the pain. In the same way, emotional eating caused me weight issues.
Seeking Christian therapy and learning coping techniques to deal with and address my emotional issues helped me learn to live life in moderation. I still drink, but I don’t overindulge, able to enjoy a glass of wine without letting it get out of hand. In my twenties, not so much.
Avoiding gluttony means addressing the hidden issues that cause a person to overindulge. Obesity-related health issues cost billions of dollars in the United States annually. Heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers link back to excess weight. Both drinking and overeating cause damage.
Overindulge in Jesus, lay your emotional burdens at His feet, and allow Him to guide you on a healthy living path by applying His teachings and seeking wise counsel.
Lord, forgive us for gluttony in our lives. Lead us on the path of moderation as we follow You. Help us not overindulge in things of this world but instead, overindulge in time with Jesus. IJNIP. Amen