Can’t Get Enough of It

“People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction,” wrote St. Paul in 1 Timothy 6:9-10. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

Money isn’t the only aspect of life that, when one is eager for as much of it as possible, can “plunge people into ruin and destruction and all kinds of evil,” lead them astray from sound principles, and generally make their lives miserable. In Paul’s day, many wealthy people considered a party a failure unless they fed their guests to the (literal) point of vomiting–a remnant of which is seen today in “parties” where people drink for the purpose of getting drunk. We also have people who measure their success in life by their number of sex partners; and, in more respectable society, we have the workaholic, the compulsive shopper whose credit card bill looks like a small country’s national debt, and the crusader who spares nothing (not even others’ feelings and dignity) seeking support for his or her favorite cause.

Good, even godly, causes aren’t immune. More than one church volunteer’s kid wants nothing to do with Christianity because “my parents spent all their time doing religious stuff and hardly knew I existed.”

When we can’t get enough of something–when getting more of it becomes the focus of life–it becomes our god. And like all false gods, it eventually betrays us: driving us to the point of physical or emotional collapse; wrecking our relationships and our health; killing the good things that might have come out of practicing our “favorite thing” in moderation; and finally leading us to the point where (as with many an alcoholic) we hate what we once loved, tortured by battles between the feeling we can’t stand to live with it and the voice that says we could never live without it.

Now, there is one thing–or, rather, one Person–we couldn’t live without, of Whom we can never get enough, Who will never betray our trust or overload us to the point of disaster. That Person, obviously, is the real God, Who designed us to function just that way. The reason we make ourselves miserable with obsessive cravings is that we try to make cheap substitutes fill the role of the Real Thing. As with an all-junk-food diet, our own systems rebel, violently and painfully, against such treatment.

Let go of your cravings. Let go of your idols. Let go… and find out that God is enough.

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  1. This is certainly true.

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