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THOUGHT for the DAY.

Byline: Rev John Oldershaw

ACCORDING to a recent survey, almost one third of all food produced in Britain is thrown away. This is not as stark a statistic as first appears, because it includes items such as used tea bags and potato peelings.

However, we do buy more food than we need and a significant amount is thrown away because it has reached its "use by" date.

"A little bit of what you fancy does you good", so the old saying goes. This could be justification for doing something one should not do; or be an admonition of eating to excess.

Gluttony is literally a deadly sin, with much publicity being given to the dangers of over-eating and the consequent problem of obesity.

Before we get judgmental of other people and their eating habits, remember that one of the criticisms made of Jesus, as recorded in the Gospels, was that He was a glutton and a drinker.

However, there is the virtue of temperance; this is the other side of the coin and encourages restraint or moderation, and so is probably a suitable aspiration for Lent.

Rev John Oldershaw, United Reformed Church
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 29, 2007
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