Wisdom Wednesday: Balance Is Key

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“Moderation in all things.”

“Even in adultery?” a response was shot back.

The responder was being facetious in trying to defend his position in a discussion, but even though he used a logical fallacy, his retort does bring up a good point.  Moderation in all things obviously does not include immoral things.

“Immoderate desire is the mark of a child, not a man.” —Democritus

“Every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things…” —1 Corinthians 9:25a KJV

“If there is one single secret to long life, that secret is moderation.” —George Gallup

Moderation and temperance for one person may be different for another, because the idea of moderating something has to do with measuring it, and temperance has to do with self-control.  One person might be able to eat a pint of ice cream without gaining weight, while another person gains weight just by looking at it.  One person might be able to have a glass of wine with a meal, while another person cannot stop at just one.

“Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance.” —Epicurus

“Hast thou found honey?  Eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.” —Proverbs 25:16 KJV

“Even nectar is poison if taken to excess.” —Hindu proverb

“Enough is as good as a feast.” —English proverb

Moderation and temperance are not just about food and drink, it’s about every area of life— work, recreation, relationships, hobbies, sleep…

Do not be excessively righteous and do not be overly wise. Why should you ruin yourself?” —Ecclesiastes 7:16 NASV

“Nothing brings more pain than too much pleasure; nothing more bondage than too much liberty.” —Poor Richard aka Benjamin Franklin

“Better learn balance.  Balance is key.  Balance good, karate good.  Everything good.  Balance bad, better pack up, go home.” —Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid


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About Rene Yoshi

Just a transplanted Okinawan-French Southern girl with a wee bit o' Irish, sharing photography and what I'm learning about spiritual things, including putting off legalism and religious traditions, and embracing God's matchless love, tender mercy, and amazing grace! View all posts by Rene Yoshi

15 responses to “Wisdom Wednesday: Balance Is Key

  • Tienny The Storyteller

    Rene, does it apply to work as well?


  • Scott

    Moderation in its Biblical usage is so incompatible with immorality the question seems more disingenuous than illogic. I often wonder why evangelical, Bible believing folks think God gave us a brain? In his letters to the Corinthian church the Apostle Paul is crystal clear on the issues: moderation and concern for the weaker brethren. Some issues are just not black/white. God allows us multiple choices where none of them
    are incorrect; He actually leaves the choices (and consequences) to us! Imagine that! He has given us the guidelines (as Rene’s blog amply demonstrates), the brains to use and the Holy Spirit to assist.
    Unfortunately we all insist on hairsplitting when common sense tells is otherwise. Colossians 3:23 tells us that in ALL that we do, do it as unto the Lord. So…is our moderation God-honoring? Would we do something (anything) if the Lord Jesus standing right there (because He is…and that should answer the shallow question about ‘adultery’)? If the obvious answer is YES, then enjoy what is provided and thank Him for allowing you to do so.

    • Rene Yoshi

      [chuckle] Yoshi would agree with your statement that some issues are just not black/white. I really appreciate your addition of concern for the weaker brethren, which begs defining, too. Jesus wasn’t concerned about offending or causing the Pharisees and scribes to stumble, so I think it’s more a matter of whether or not what we do would cause someone to question and possibly walk away from the faith due to sin and confusion. What do you think?

  • utesmile

    It applies to everything really! I agree! Too much of something is never good.

  • Randell Bell

    Balance is the key to many things, and something that is not easily found or achieved in today’s world. We live in a Society where bigger is better, super sized, and XXL includes everything from fast food to clothes size. We are bombarded by the media to think that, more is necessary, and brained washed to believe you can never have enough, but enough of what? Health, perhaps, peace of mind, agreed, love, granted, but unless we have balance even the good things become mundane, and taken for granted. Without a little sickness or pain once and a while, health has no value, without some doubt in our lives there is no need for faith, and without some heartbreak love has no joy. A good example of balance from the Bible is Proverbs 30 : 8-7 says – Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny God, and say, Who is the LORD? Or lest I be poor, and steal, and then take the name of my God in vain. And Paul in Phil.4:11-12 says Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. Good thought for the week, and for life Rene thanks. Love the Miyagi quote.

    • Rene Yoshi

      Yes! I agree. Even though there is the saying, “You can never have too much of a good thing,” like you said, too much of a good thing can become mundane and even become a bad thing depending on the circumstances. Proverbs 30:8, 9 are two of my ‘prayer’ verses. 😀 Thanks, Randell!

  • Scott

    I honestly believe concern for the weaker brother is more focused on causing them to ‘stumble’, sin against their conscience and I think a straight forward reading of 1Cor 7-8 bears that out. Paul was free to do all things but chose not to do some for fear a weaker Christian might try the same and have trouble (not loss of salvation but guilt and consequences). An example is placing a recovering alcoholic in a bar. The environment may have no difficulties for a mature believer but the recovering brethren may relapse.
    Consider John and Peter the night the Lord Jesus was arrested. John had no problem going to the house of Caiaphas, but we know what happened to Peter. Did John urge Peter to join him? If so, John placed his friend in surroundings contributing to Peter’s denial.
    The Apostle Paul urges us to recognize the weaker brethren sins against their conscience so out of love we provide no cause to stumble and work to edify the weaker. Sometimes that is impossible but it does not restrict our liberty in Christ; we become more circumspect,
    It is an attitude of the heart. The Lord is concerned with our actions but He is MORE concerned with why. God looks at the heart, we tend to always judge a book by its cover. The issue is not about causing defections from the Faith but the edification of all.

  • Becky

    Balance is one of my favorite words! Great food for thought – thanks for sharing Rene!

  • Wendy Macdonald

    Rene, these are wonderfully wise words for us to consider in all that we do. My dad always told me that too much of anything wasn’t good for us. So true.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

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