Lessons from the Buffet

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Proverbs 21:17

The wise enjoy what they have.

I have a saying when it comes to buffets: “The food wasn’t very good, but there sure was a lot of it.” Yes, there are a handful of good buffets, who actually put quality food on a steam table without killing it, but generally the appeal of these places is that you can cram enormous amounts of food into your mouth.

I’ll confess that I’ve been known to overindulge at Chinese buffets and that I possess an inexplicable attraction to Pizza Street. But in my heart, I recognize that I’m indulging an appetite for food to an unhealthy degree.

Probably everyone has an appetite that simply never gets satisfied. What is yours? Food, clothes, shoes, antiques, a bigger house, a fancier neighborhood? You’ll probably do your budget more damage, if not your waistline, by running amok with most of those.

Why did God not make me as rich as Warren Buffet? I don’t know, but He didn’t. Why did He not make me as rich as–you name someone you know who has more than you?

Perhaps in eternity we’ll understand why we have what we have, but for us to live lives that suggest that God was stupid in not giving us millions, if we run up credit cards and borrow as if we were Warren Buffet, then we’re essentially telling God how badly He has failed us. That’s not the way to live.

The wise learn to be content with what God has provided, making the most of it.

  • In what area of your life do you find it hardest to be happy with what you have?
  • Do you find yourself more easily drawn to complacency or contentment?
  • Will you spend time just dwelling on the amazing riches that we have in God in the coming days?