Perfect Moderation

Complete Abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. – St. Augustine


The above is one of the great truisms. Try it in your New Year’s resolutions and see how quickly you blow it. For years I learned during Lent that I can give up wine, oatmeal-raisin cookies, or wheat for forty days, but try perfect moderation and I hardly make past Ash Wednesday. Why do you think every diet book starts out with a very specific regime? They know moderation in what and how much we eat is harder than starvation or eating cabbage all day long.

The same goes with that ticklish “free will” we have been given by God. If he’d just prevent us from deviating from his plan we could pull it off. Instead he gives us a choice, in fact hundreds of choices in a short period of time, and waits to see if we can maintain devotion. So how do we pull it off? How do we dedicate our life to God?

I think we look back to Augustine’s message.  Perfect moderation, perfect devotion, perfect anything requires more than will, it requires the heart. No diet works for long if you aren’t enjoying the results and your lifestyle. No devotion to God comes until we allow our heart to lead not our head. People of ordinary goodness walk in God’s way, but the devout run and jump in it.

This New Year take the plunge toward perfect devotion, and enjoy the feel of his magic waters.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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