Each of us is susceptible to a fast-spreading undetectable cancer of the heart called the “Malady of More.” This cancer-like growth is diagnosed by one consuming symptom: an unquenchable desire for more. Victims constantly grope or more than what they already have. And guess what? This disease strikes at any time. However, like the flu, there are seasons when everyone is more susceptible to the disease. Christmas is one of those seasons.
I have watched and witnessed this disease over the years. Recently it has amazed me how quickly it has spread and how its impact is growing – both in my nation but also in almost every nation of the world. This can be expected, of course. It is a natural inclination of the human heart … we all seem to want more. Victims of this disease constantly grope for more, even go into debt to obtain more. We constantly desire more than we already have. We can never be completely content. We always want the newest iPhone, the fastest computer or iPad, the most modern car with al lthe bells and whistles…. We can never be completely content.
The Malady of More is widespread and its victims are many. Individuals are both great and small; from schoolyard bullies to globe-trotting billionaires, from desperate housewives to dutiful ministers and priests. This malady has no preference. It claims us one and all.
An indispensable life lesson, then, is to discover when enough is enough.
This is, of course, a biblical and timeless struggle. King David is the most obvious example of the Malady of More. He had everything a man could ever desire. He was a great leader, superb general and a revered king. God had blessed him with a family, a fortune, friends, a great nation that loved him, and a powerful army. But, one day he was on his rooftop walking and looked across the lane and spotted the neighbour’s wife taking a bath on her rooftop. He then played the child’s game of “I spy with my little eye” and fell into the Malady of More. David was face-to-face with his own craving for more.
It was a painful lesson – but, through this situation and the consequences of wanting more, he learned some tremendous life lessons and rid himself of the disease.
Each of us has to come to the place where we recognize this disease, that we have been infected by this disease, and then be healed of this disease. Today, this season we are currently in, would be a good time to begin this struggle towards health and wholeness.