Sunday, February 22, 2015

February 22 -- Vocal Polyps

February 22
Vocal Polyps
"If you find honey, eat just enough— too much of it, and you will vomit.." -- Proverbs 25:16

"Rolling in the deep," "set fire to the rain," and other vague, perhaps symbolic phrases have become standard colloquialisms in the English language, thanks to singer-songwriter Adele.  The British star quickly sprung to fame in both the United Kingdom and United States, and she gained rapid popularity for her moody lyrics and edgy voice.  However, in November 2011, Billboard's Artist of the Year took a break from her singing career to undergo surgery on a hemorrhaging polyp on her vocal cords. 

Many singers, teachers, and telemarketers deal with vocal polyps each year, as this painful condition stems from overusing or straining the voice on a regular basis.  Popular singers like Adele are known for their loud, over-the-top singing, but they sometimes fail to realize that this extensive abuse can actually harm their vocal cords and prevent them from using their voices correctly in the future.  The problem does not lie in the fact that these people sing and speak; the problem occurs when these inherently healthy activities are carried to excess.

Solomon wrote about this issue in the book of Proverbs.  He said, "Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste" (Proverbs 24:13).  However, in the next chapter, he added this clarifying statement: "If you find honey, eat just enough— too much of it, and you will vomit" (Proverbs 25:16).  Solomon knew the importance of balance and moderation.  This virtue has an important place in every area of our lives.  Even good things must have their limits.  Our careers, relationships, and ministries honor God only when they allow us to serve Him first.  When we feel overwhelmed with the stress of all things to excess, we can remember Solomon's words -- and Adele's voice -- and re-balance our lives to more fully honor our God.

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