Restated, in text form: The chief cause of unhappiness is trading what you want the most for what you want right now. This quote by Zig Ziglar hits a nerve.
What do you and I want MOST? The dread of death and the afterlife is never far from the mind of most sane and sober individuals. I believe that most who read this blog can say, “I want eternal life in the presence of Jesus Christ most of all.” What then is so fickle and finite with our willpower to make us so strikingly easily deceived, manipulated, and/or swayed by the opposing forces of our souls?
It’s the heart. Solomon and Samson shared a common thread of their life story: Their hearts were weak under pressure. Do you think they wanted most what they got? Samson didn’t want blindness! Solomon didn’t want rejection by God! But, that’s what they got, ALL BECAUSE THEY TRADED WHAT THEY WANTED MOST–GOD’S BEST– FOR WHAT THEY WANTED AT THE MOMENT OF WEAKNESS.
Let’s make a commitment today to get a death grip on what we want most and never trade it, no matter how appealing instant gratification may be!
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mark 8:36-37).
Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. (1Timothy 6:19).