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REAL SATISFACTION

This week I read an unusual story about a man nicknamed “Large.”  Large engaged in an unusual contest – eating hot dogs.  He ate 20 hot dogs in just twelve minutes.  His nearest challengers ate 15 hot dongs.  Large was dubbed “King of Franks.”  Sometime later Large was interviewed as he was cooking some of his winnings – 365 hot dogs.  When asked about the experience of the contest, he said, “I feel a little tired, but I’ll probably eat something a bit later.”

One author described Large as “a man who lived to eat.”  It seems that Large didn’t have a clear idea of what really matters.  Paul seems to address a similar problem in 1 Corinthians 6: 13.  The Corinthians were spouting a motto (in our language):  “Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods.”  Paul says, “God will destroy both it and them.”  Satisfaction, real satisfaction, cannot be found in food but in the Lord.

Michael Moss.