Too much of anything is not good for us. God would have us live a balanced life, making sure we allow Him to help us make the right choices.

ETERNAL PERSPECTIVES                  by Sally Bair

Too Much Honey 

I’m always happy to find honey bees zipping around the wild flowers and pollinating the variety of blooms in the neighborhood. Their scarcity during the past several years has been a concern among farmers and beekeepers.

Watching the bees reminds me of the years my husband and his mother and I spent raising bees. Occasionally, on sunny days, I’d walk out to the hives, pull a frame out of the honey super (the big box that held nine honey frames) and watch the bees at work. As the summer waned, the supers became heavier and heavier. By harvest time during a good year, each frame weighed close to ten pounds. That means some supers weighed close to one hundred pounds.

While extracting the honey in a machine by turning its lever repeatedly, I smiled as I watched the thick honey drain into a container. This chore always called for many licks of my fingers—yum! Once I strained it, we used the honey on our toast, in cereal and baking, and as gifts to friends and family.

We knew, though, that too much of the highly concentrated sugar—natural sugar, but sugar nevertheless—would make us sick. We learned to use it judiciously. Unfortunately, many of us eat way too much sugar nowadays. Kids and adults alike are paying for their bad soda-pop-and-sweets habit with an astronomical rise in the incidence of diabetes. Other diseases are also attributed to too much candy and other sweets.

“Too much” can come in many forms—too many possessions, too much money, too much fun. I used to own a quilt shop and often heard a popular saying among other quilters: “She who dies with the most fabric wins.” No doubt many of us could relate to those words with whatever we have or do in excess.

Proverbs 25:16 has some practical advice which we can apply to our lives: “If you find honey, eat just enough—too much of it, and you will vomit.”

Anything can be harmful when overdone. We all need God’s wisdom in knowing how to balance our lives in every area. Another proverb cautions us: “Give me neither poverty nor riches—feed me with the food allotted to me; lest I be full and deny You and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God.” (Proverbs 30:8-9)

Lord, help us know when we have had too much of a good thing. Help us to control our desires and be satisfied with all that You give us. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.