Delaying gratification comes with its own rewardHave you seen the commercial where three men build a robot to feed them a cheese snack on demand?
By: Pastor Mark , Superior Telegram
Have you seen the commercial where three men build a robot to feed them a cheese snack on demand? A flaw in their design causes the robot to slap them across the face after it feeds them. The experience is painful and unwanted, but the inventors decide it is an acceptable tradeoff to enjoy the snack.
I cannot watch this commercial without thinking how well it depicts human nature. In order to satisfy a desire, we willingly suffer negative effects. Smoking, overeating, alcohol and drug abuse, can produce the slap of bad health. Promiscuity brings the slap of divorce and broken families. Willful sin causes separation from God. We know this, yet, we still participate.
As bizarre as this sounds there is a stranger behavior — we refuse constructive behaviors knowingly sacrificing their positive results. By living a healthy lifestyle we can enjoy a healthy life. By consciously working on our relationships we can enjoy well-knit families. By exercising spiritual disciplines we can walk close with God.
The difference between these two behaviors is gratification; or more precisely its timing. Those activities that promise immediate gratification tend to deliver a slap in the end. The activities that postpone gratification usually end with a hug.
In our demand for instant satisfaction, many become the victims of their self-imposed abuse. However, by realizing the great things of life are worth working toward and waiting for, we can forgo the slap and enjoy a hug in due time.
Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.