Did you know that “excessive sugar obliterates self-control” and “is a strong trigger for addictive behavior”? In a season (and in a culture) that incessantly seeks sugar, this science is important. If we as Christians want to obey the many commands of scripture to be a self-controlled people and desire not to be mastered by anything (1 Cor 6:12), this news is noteworthy (see my previous article The Science of Self-Control: Why Christians Are Called to Self-Care for additional info). I encourage you to read my newest article entitled The Scary Side of Sugar to learn more about sugar’s detrimental effects and what can be done to counter them.
I am not arguing here that sugar is evil and must be avoided at all costs. But I believe a call to wisdom and moderation on this holiday of excess is in order. As a lover of sugar, I know I need this reminder. As I noted in the Sugar article “it is my hope that this information will not limit your enjoyment of the festivities but instead add to a more meaningful experience” Whether we celebrate Halloween or not, may we all shine brightly on this holiday that too often glorifies darkness, fear, and self-indulgence. May we be outwardly focused, that the aroma of our love for others would surpass the sweetness of temporary sugar fixes, that those we encounter would experience Christ in and through us.
Wishing you and yours “an abundance of joy and authentic connection” throughout this holiday season.