Living in the Land of Excess (part 1)

Soapbox alert…

Just a friendly warning…

John Hagee once preached, “For the Israelites, Egypt was the land of not enough, the desert was the land of just enough, and the Promised Land was the land of more than enough.

Ladies and Gentleman, we are living in the land of more than enough and acting like it’s not enough. For some reason we aren’t content to live within the bounds of what we can afford or what is healthy. We keep reaching for more. We live in Excess…and it’s going to kill us.

Now I know not everyone lives like this…and certainly not all the time. But I say “we” because I am guilty of living here, also. One doesn’t get to be “morbidly obese,” or even just “overweight,” without eating much more than the body needs on a regular basis. One doesn’t get deeply into debt without spending much more than one earns as a way of life. No. A lifestyle and attitude opens the gate to this land. It’s a lifestyle and attitude which says, “You should have it all…right now!” It’s the land where availability meets greed and instant gratification.

But there’s a price to be paid. Self-restraint in the beginning is much cheaper than sacrifice with interest after indulgence.

You want a car? You can buy a $20,000 car today at 5.71% interest for five years making a monthly payment of $383.96. The total interest you will pay over the life of the loan is $3,037.89?

OR…You can save the same $383.96 for that same 5 year period at a modest 1% interest rate and build up a savings of $24,019.59. You could pay cash for the car then and still have over $4,000 left over! Buying the car today with a loan didn’t just cost you a little over $3000. It really cost you over $7000!

If you need something to drive sooner, after 12 months of saving that $383.96 per month, you will have over $5000. You can get some decent transportation for $5000.

But for some reason, in the Land of Excess we don’t wait. We don’t save. We pay. Then we get mad and feel cheated and complain.

The same is true for our eating. We go out to eat with family. We are not really hungry, but it’s time to eat. So we order and eat food when our body isn’t requiring it. The extra gets stored as fat. Then someone brings donuts or some other delicious treat to work. We pass by it a few times and notice there’s less of it each time. We want to make sure to get some before it’s all gone…even though we aren’t hungry…one little taste won’t hurt. And maybe it won’t. Except there’s an occasion like this nearly EVERY DAY. Yet we act like we’ll never get this opportunity again. And those extra bites add up. Combine them with our, “I’ll just sit here a few more minutes to finish checking my email, Facebook, tv show, etc.” until we haven’t moved in 4 hours activity level and obesity quickly overtakes us. This price robs us of health AND money as we pay for all the obesity related health problems.

The problem transcends our personal over-indulgences and resulting death and destruction. This is the “Land of Excess.” Groups of individuals make up a community. Groups of communities become a country. Lifestyles and attitudes at the micro-level are reflected in the values and actions at the macro-level, especially in a democratic republic. Abraham Lincoln once said, “The philosophy in the classroom of one generation will be the philosophy of the government of the next generation.” The habits and values in the home in one generation become the habits and values of government in the next.” As we have allowed ourselves to be one the most marketed to society in the history of the world, our nation has gotten fatter and deeper in debt.

Obesity, now epidemic, is the single most related cause to death and disease for individuals. The national debt has grown so large we really can not comprehend it. We act like the number is theoretical, but it’s not. It is real. “The borrower is servant to the lender.” As a country, we are enslaved. Calorically we have borrowed from our future health. Monetarily we have borrowed from everyone. I guess that means we are now “OWNED”.

I’ll post the rest tomorrow. What do you think the solution is?

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5 Responses to Living in the Land of Excess (part 1)

  1. Shirley says:

    Anxious to read more tomorrow…..wished I wasn’t in the “group”, but sadly I am.

  2. cycleguy says:

    I borrow Dave Ramsey’s phrase that comes straight out of Proverbs: “The borrower is slave to the lender.” Financially. Physically. Spiritually. We are slaves to that which entraps us. Good thought Tammy. Looking forward to reading tomorrow.

  3. Pingback: Fleeing the Land of Excess (part 2) | Thoughts Along the Journey

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