My life is full of this sort of thing:
- I like to relax even though I need to work out
- I like to sleep in even though I need to get up before noon
- I like to play on my ipad even though I should work
- I like juicy gossip even though I know its none of my business
- I like war movies even though there is killing and, often, cussing in them
- I like justice more than mercy
- I love it when people get what they deserve, as long as its not me
- I like the feeling I get when I’m right about something and someone else is wrong
- I like speeding but thing everyone else should obey the law
- I like dessert more than vegetables
- Simply put, I like Reeses more than salad!
If ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
In other words, if I sped down the interstate when I drove, never worked out, played all the time, flaunted my pride, and ate junk I would be miserable, friendless, and either dead or in jail!
Just because I WANT to do something doesn’t mean I HAVE to do it. Yet in this society, that is basically what we teach our kids. You want it now? Go through a drive through? You want it your way, customize it. You want to be cool? Wear this, watch this, listen to this, and talk like that.
And what does it produce? Selfishness.
Indulgence on occasion isn’t a bad thing. Consider the fact that God worked for 6 days and then rested. Not because He was tired and needed a break, but because He wanted to indulge in (or you could say enjoy) the works of His hands. God doesn’t care if I sleep in or have dessert sometimes. But when my desires become more important to me than anything else in my life, I’ve set myself up as the idol of my heart.
I can enjoy life, but I should spend my life seeking enjoyment. I should spend it seeking to honor God and please Him, and then i will know true enjoyment.
But the trend that I see in so many kids is that they want the Reeses and not the salad. Hey, I understand, I do too! But parents, your responsibility is to teach your kids that Reeses are great in moderation, but the salad is the important stuff. You don’t get to skip it just because you want to or feel like it. That isn’t how life works. And when we allow kids that kind of authority, then they don’t grow up understanding responsibility or how to persevere.
And then, they end up missing out on the best things in life, because they’re so focused on their own selfish desires that they’ll miss the many blessings God has planned for them!
So, have a Reeses. Sleep in on your day off. Play that video game…but eat the salad even if you don’t want to. It’s what being a leader is all about.