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Buffet Busters Anonymous, 1st in a series on lifestyle choices

October 5, 2017

David Gushee recently wrote this —

“I first started writing opinion pieces over 30 years ago. One reason I did so was because I was affected by the example of Reinhold Niebuhr, the first Christian ethicist whom I studied very closely.

“I learned that he tried to do it all, and pretty much did it all — teaching, lecture circuiting, writing serious books, writing popular books, doing political organizing/activism, and penning weekly opinion pieces.

“I embraced the Niebuhr paradigm for how a Christian ethicist pursues this vocation. I was conscious of doing so.

“It was a great ride for Niebuhr, and I enjoyed my version of it. But it has subtle costs, besides the toll on one’s health.

“The main problem is that each one of the sub-vocations listed deserves more focus than is possible when one is trying to do all of them.”

— Hmmmm. Everything listed in the second sentence that I’ve highlighted here is a good thing. They’re all worth doing.

But.

As is said so well in that third highlighted sentence, “each one of the sub-vocations listed deserves more focus than is possible when one is trying to do all of them.”

Same thing applies to you and me and everything we have going on.

You’ve probably seen what a friend describes as Buffet Busters. They go through the line in a restaurant, piling so much food onto their plate you’ve wondered how they can carry it. They joke about needing “sideboards” for that plate so they can get more food on one trip.

I’ve done that same thing with my schedule, my energy, and my life. Maybe you have, too.

It’s too easy to blame our culture for that.

Let’s pick up here tomorrow.

Meanwhile, let’s notice all the various “sub-vocations” we’re trying to cover today.

 

 

 

 

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