Thanks with out the Gluttony

Yesterday we ate a lot of food at the Chia house. There was so much food it didn’t all fit on the table at once. We ate way more food than we all normally eat and the amount of food leftover was way more than the amount consumed. It was a massive heap of food.

As we cleared plates and stuffed mounds of foil-wrapped containers into an already-packed refriderator a clear feeling came over me. What might’ve been guilt actually turned into…


In the Untied States this practice seems absurd. We schedule a day to over-eat and prepare so much food it can’t possibly all be eaten – creating waste. It seems morally wrong to do this when there are so many around the world who don’t have food at all. I believe it probably is morally wrong if you live like most Americans live.

Most Americans over-consume everyday. We are the fattest people that have ever lived. Rates of heart-disease and cancer are at historic highs. Even our children are morbidly obese.

When you over-consume everyday and then you schedule a day to over-over-consume. It’s just wrong. Yesterday some people should have been fasting, not feasting.

I thank God for my awesome wife. Because of her, we don’t live like most Americans. We’re on the Dave Ramsey plan – living like no one else, so that later we can live like no one else. We roll slim at the Chia house. Sarah goes grocery shopping once a week on Mondays. She only buys what she estimates we will need and no more. By Sunday there are slim pickin’s and we get creative. Sarah often makes only enough food for that one meal – it all gets eaten in modest portions. If there are leftovers then those are eaten the next day.

This system works in a lot of ways:

  1. We are healthier as a family because we eat a balanced diet in modest portions
  2. We save money on our food bill
  3. We create very little waste on a daily basis.
  4. The money we save on food is able to be spent on others.

So for 364 days a year we eat modestly. When you do this then the mood becomes different as you bust out a huge spread. It becomes a celebration of thankfulness to a God who continually provides instead of a celebration of gluttony in an excessive culture.

Our God is a party God. He made the Jews have parties 8 times a year. Parties of lavish celebration. Even when God was going to kill are the first born males in Egypt he had the Israelites throw a party the night before. He’s a party God! He’s takes pleasure in our celebration. Thanksgiving should be a happy celebration absent of guilt. When you live modestly on a daily basis it can be that way.

If you’re feeling guilty about the weight you will probably put on this Holyday season. If the mounds of foil in your fridge cause a sinking lump to form in your gut instead of a beaming shine in your heart then it may be time to adjust your lifestyle. Start now – and by next year you’ll have a very different experience.

Our God is a God of second chances. He righteous life, innocent death and glorious resurrection paid the price for your guilt. Ditch the guilt and start a revolution of praise and thanksgiving.

4 Responses to “Thanks with out the Gluttony”

  1. 1 brunettekoala November 28, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    God is a party God…

    Well said. I like to remind people of where Jesus did his first miracle – turning water into wine at a wedding.

    Jesus was at the party, and he kept it going…!

  2. 2 Al Sr November 30, 2008 at 10:22 am

    Well put Billy, waste is not the way to go, we should be thankful and share with the not so fortunate

  3. 3 mandythompson December 2, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    This is well-stated, Billy. I think our culture ESPECIALLY maxes out on gluttony. I eat two meals off of one trip to a restaurant… So, yeah, I’m with you on this.

    Like you, I don’t wanna forget that there are “feasts” in scripture. And, even fellowship offerings where they would bring their food to the tabernacle and eat it before the Lord. I think there are times in our lives when “enjoying the blessings of the Lord” is an act of worship. This was not the normal everyday goings on. This was an exception. A celebration. A party with God.

  4. 4 jordan December 7, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Yes, I have exercised fairly well this year (swimming and running). In July 2009 I turn 40, and am determined to be in the best shape of my life since I competed as a semi-pro triathlete. I know I cannot be in that good a shape, but next best.

    We have a group of guys at NorthWood who do some very unorthodox training with kettle balls and interval training. They are all ripped and lost a ton of weight. I’ll probably join up with them some.

    We should all eat like the french, richly but in small portions and Texas wouldn’t be one of the least healthy states in the nation.

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