Too much excess?

I like to think I am a “make your point and move on” kind of guy.  I tire of repetition. Especially when I feel like it is repetition for repetition’s sake.

But this one thing bears repeating.

During this season of Lent, we are looking at excess and what to do about it.  We believe that we live in a culture of excess – voices around us, and in us, tell us we should want more, we should have more, we need more.
Jesus, on the other hand, calls us in the opposite direction.  Jesus recognized that stuff – money, food, clothing, power, media, friends, etc., cannot satisfy.  Only God and a relationship with God can satisfy the deep longing of our souls.
Yet, as much as we talk about excess and our mutiny against it, we are not being judgmental.  Let me repeat that: we are NOT judging you or your excess or other people in their excess.
We are not even judging ourselves in our own excess.
Our intent, during this season of Lent, is to open ourselves to God’s presence and God’s leading. Judging can be off-putting and conversation-ending.  We want to start the conversation or continue it.  We want to admit to ourselves and one another that excess challenges us and that following Jesus means getting all excess out of the way.
If all of it is too much for you right now, feel free to start with a little.
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3 thoughts on “Too much excess?

  1. Thanks for the words. So where to draw the line at all excess? How austere do you believe an ‘ideal life’ is? For example, we have to eat, and often we enjoy what we eat, but that could be considered indulgent, even though we need it. Just thoughts I have been wrestling with.

    • I can’t draw the line for you; I don’t know you or your excess. When it comes to excess, though, I would say this, generally: move away from excess. How far from excess you move is up to you. I wouldn’t even decide at the start how far from excess you move.

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