When is enough, enough?

Spent the day with our staff today at our home doing some planning and preparing and discussing life and ministry!  It was great hanging out with these incredible people with whom I have the privilege of being on mission!

I went to the store ahead of our time together to purchase food for our lunch. Of course, that meant grabbing something from the “cookie family.”  I opted for Oreos. As I proceeded to grab a bag, I realized how many different varieties of Oreos were available.

There are Oreo fudgies, Oreo Fudge rings, Double stuf Oreos, Double stuf Golden Oreo, Double Delight Oreo, Triple stuf Oreo, Oreo WaferStix, Golden Oreo, Golden Chocolate Creme Oreo, Mini Oreo, Cool Mint Creme Oreo, Fudge Covered Oreo, White Fudge Oreo and Milk Chocolate Oreo, Pure Milk Chocolate Covered Mint Oreo, 100 Calorie Pack Oreo, Sugar Free Oreo,Reduced Fat Oreo, Oreo Cakesters, Banana Split Creme Oreo, Oreo Handi-Snacks, Oreo Sippers and Special Halloween and Christmas colored frosted Oreos.  We can also go after Jello Oreo Pudding and Dairy Queen’s Oreo Blizzard.

Wow!  All I wanted was regular Oreos, the kind I ate when I was young. You know the kind you twist off the outside pieces and scrape off the inside creme with your teeth.  Or, the kind you leave fully attached and dip generously in a cup of milk.  Or, the kind you simply chew with gusto.

Is it possible to have too much variety? Maybe… I’m not sure. I guess as Americans we tend to expect all kinds of options. The problem is that maybe we have become so used to having it “our way” that we have produced a culture that is quickly bored unless we have a different colors in our cookies during holidays.

I wonder if it is healthy that we have this much variety in cookies.  Alright, talking about “healthy” in the same sentence as “Oreos” with tons of sugar may be a stretch.  What I mean is that perhaps we need to take a look at ourselves and realize that potentially we are a bit spoiled in our culture.

I love chewing on a good, regular, ordinary Oreo on a Monday afternoon.  There a plenty of folks that have never tasted one. Maybe enough is enough…


  1. Becky

    Jim, just got back from Rocky Point and got to see first hand people who have little choice or option. We have it so good here and folks don’t even realize it.

  2. Dorothy Shields

    sometimes we get “lost” amidst all of the choices we have—makes us lose sight of just how blessed we really are!!

  3. Chuck

    And you should have seen him trying talk with about four Oreos in his mouth . . . it was not pretty. But he did provide good sandwiches – even if we had to make our own. Thank you Mary for all your hard work getting ready for all of us. I stayed home today and I am really bored.

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