Rational Thinking

Darren Hardy wrote a great little book, The Compound Effect. In this treatise on instant gratification, he wrote, “We understand that scarfing pop tarts won’t slenderize our waistlines. We realize that logging three hours a night watching Dancing with the Stars and Bachelorette leaves us with three hours less to read a book, walk a dog, or pray a prayer. We recognize that merely purchasing a great pair of running shoes doesn’t make us a runner. We’re a rational species. At least that’s what we tell ourselves. So why are we so irrationally enslaved by so many bad habits? It’s because our need for instant gratification can turn us into the most reactive, non-thinking animals around.”

So much for rational thinking!

I love the way Eric Hoffer says it. “People will cling to an unsatisfactory way of life rather than change in order to get something better for fear of getting something worse.”

We’d rather hang on to the problem we know than trade it for the solution we don’t know. But God has a better plan. Give him what you can’t keep anyway. And he will give you what you can never lose.


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