Seeking to bite more than we can chew
Why do we so often try to take on more than we can handle? Sometimes it comes from a healthy desire to push our limits and grow. When we challenge ourselves with tough goals, we can surprise ourselves with how much we can accomplish. But other times, our eyes are bigger than our stomachs due to less noble motivations. We can overload our plates out of greed, ego, and a sense of entitlement.
We have to be careful that our ambition drives us to flourish rather than merely accumulate and consume. There’s a fine line between striving for excellence and being overwhelmed by excess. The wise know how much is enough; they focus on developing their character more than expanding their possessions.
To thrive, we should grow slowly but surely – biting off what we can chew while mastering each mouthful. Our reach should exceed our grasp, but not so far that we lose our balance.
Matthew 20:20-28. “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?”
[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 2023-206: JULY 25, 2023]