When You’ve Had Too Much Pie . . .
Posted: Saturday, December 23
Verse of the day
“When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn.” (Psalm 142:3a)
I’m thinking about joining the APC. Don’t worry. I didn’t say the UPC (United Pentecostal Church) or APU (Azuza Pacific University). Rather, I want to join the APC: The American Pie Council. Think of it like the NRA for Pie-Lovers.
Imagine if you were asked to adjudicate the National Pie Championship this April in Orlando. (Yep. I looked it up.) Can you imagine tasting through miles of mile-high meringue and endless combinations of sweet and savory? There’s a good reason that taste testers only take a taste. What would happen if the pie judge starting eating whole pies? Whole pies! One by one. Whole pies! Undoubtedly, a sudden desire for napping would occur (as well as a heightened risk of type two diabetes), but more importantly, how would the judge’s abilities be compromised?
Author Malcolm Gladwell writes about the psychology of "thin-slicing" in his bestseller BLINK. It’s the theory that people are often too overwhelmed with information to make a wise decision. When we eat the whole pie, we are weighed down with carbs and calories, and we can’t see straight. When it comes to your job and your family and your relationships, I’d like to offer an unusual reframe . . . you’ve eaten the whole pie. You are fully saturated with you, and because of this, on many occasions, the WORST person to evaluate YOUR life is . . . (wait for it) . . . YOU!
The poet David knew this when he confessed, “When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn.” When I am overwhelmed, I can’t see what’s next. When I’m overwhelmed, I can’t trust my perspective. I hope every one of you gets to enjoy a glorious piece of liquid cake this holiday season, but . . . if you eat too much . . . or if you feel overwhelmed . . . take a step back. Knock on heaven’s door. And listen.