Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshipped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. – Joshua 24:14

Instant Gratification

The Old Testament character, Esau–the older of twin sons born to Isaac and Rebekah–is remembered as the foolish man who sold his birthright for a little bread and some stew. Do you remember the story? Esau returned home famished and asked his brother Jacob for some food. Jacob agreed on the condition that Esau sell him his birthright–an honor reserved for the oldest son in the family.

I think if Esau lived today he would’ve loved credit cards. He wouldn’t have hesitated for a moment at the idea of mortgaging his future for the opportunity to grab a bunch of hunting gear and camping supplies now. As long as he could take his purchases home with him immediately, he’d be satisfied.

But credit cards ultimately come due . . . with interest. And when you choose the immediate over the significant, tears are often the result when the payment is due, but tears won’t be accepted as payment.

Steve Arterburn

Instant gratification is not soon enough. – Meryl Streep