Only in America.
Lloyd Laswell is suing Benton County, Arkansas. His complaint? He is an inmate in the county jail. He currently weighs 308 lbs., down from 408 when he entered. The roughly 3,000 calories’ worth of food that the county provides him each day he considers grossly inadequate. The AP story reports his misery: "About an hour after each meal my stomach starts to hurt and growl. I feel hungry again. The only reason we lost weight in here is because we are literally being starved to death."
What astounding irony. Gosh, I think I myself could use a week or two at the Benton County jail. My own stomach needs to growl more. Mr. Laswell will leave jail stronger and healthier than when he entered, and yet he is bitter at his “mistreatment.”
It strikes me that I am pulling a Lloyd when I feel sorry for myself for all the “good things” I lack and for all the “bad things” that dog my life. Psalm 84 tells us that our generous God withholds no good thing from us. Hebrews 12 tells us that the hard things in our lives are valuable discipline, sort of like Benton County’s limiting Mr. Laswell’s oversize stomach to a “mere” 3,000 calories a day.
And you? Do you feel starved, or do you have enough?