The reason many people will never become successful is because they continually trade what they really want for what they want right now.
For example, most people want to be healthy. No one sets a goal to grow sick and weak. Yet many people do grow sick and weak before their time because of poor choices driven by immediate gratification. Cheeseburgers taste better than Brussel sprouts. It gives quicker thrills to play a video game than to visit the gym.
Spiritual growth is often stunted as well by the desire for short term gratification. It’s always going to be easier to snuggle in warm blanket than to get up and read your Bible on a cold morning. Feasting is a lot more fun in the short term than fasting.
But at the end of your life, what will be the result of a life spent in short term pleasures at the cost of deeper things. Purpose in your heart today to delay gratification whenever it helps you redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.