Super Size Me is a 2004 American documentary film directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, an American independent filmmaker as he follows a 30-day period during which he ate only food from the fast food chain, McDonald’s. The film documents the drastic effect of a lifestyle of fast food on Spurlock’s physical and psychological well-being while also revealing how poor nutrition is encouraged for the profit of the industry.
Consuming about 2500 calories a day, the same as what is recommended for the average man to maintain his weight, after 30 days Spurlock had gained about 24 pounds. Perhaps more alarming was the increase in his cholesterol, the fat accumulation in his liver and his experience with mood swings and sexual dysfunction.
Spurlock’s investigation was fueled by what the Surgeon General has termed an epidemic, the increasing spread of obesity throughout our US society. We are a people convinced that “super sized” is better – bigger cars, bigger homes, “bigger” titles, bigger closets, “bigger” positions…
Paul, writing to the Corinthians to explain a change in his plans and his peace in relying on the grace of God, says, “We behaved in the world with simplicity…not by earthly wisdom” (2 Corinthians 1:12 ESV)…”we relied on the grace of God” (CEB).
A gentle breeze on a warm afternoon, sunshine on a chilly day, the laughter of children, rainbows after a storm, a single dip of our favorite ice cream, surprise phone calls from long lost friends, being remembered in the prayers of our loved ones – what wonderful simple joys that bless our lives if instead of super sizing, we focus on the simple, if we operate not by earthly wisdom but embrace the grace of God.
Good things still come in small packages. Joy comes in simplicity.
THIS WEEK, look for small moments of God’s grace, and be blessed.