How often do we take temporary relief over long-term gains?
There are so many places in life where we can sacrifice long-term victories for short-term, temporary relief.
Let’s say that you’re struggling with waiting for a spouse; you’ve waited for a really long time now, and the loneliness is eating you up inside. Well, you can go to a bar and hook up with someone for a one-night stand, thinking that perhaps the “quick fix” will ease your loneliness — it will likely make it far worse.
Or let’s say that you’re trying to lose weight; you’ve been dieting for a really long time, and the results just haven’t been worth it. Well, you could take a quick trip to Ralph’s and buy some sweets really quick — you might even justify to yourself that no one would know.
Or let’s say that you’re just really hungry, and being the firstborn means nothing if you starve to death; well, you can technically trade your rights as the firstborn for a bowl of soup — eat now, worry about that later, right?
Well, the problem is that although all these quick fixes might bring some temporary relief to satisfy your many different appetites, eventually you’ll have to admit that they’re never worth it. On the contrary, these temporary solutions to our problems often act very counter-productively and lead us farther from our goals, not closer to them.
This morning, I want to encourage you not to go for the quick fixes. Whatever you’re facing, there’s likely a solution that could bring immediate relief, but it isn’t going to last, and deep down you know it won’t be worth it. I’ve spent far too much money going to get fast food instead of cooking at home last year, and the problems that created are far worse than the difficulty of enduring and doing the harder tasks (i.e. cooking).
Hang in there. The best is yet to come.