I’m impulsive. Self-control is not an easy fruit for me to bear. Why does it take 3 minutes at McDonalds? Isn’t this supposed to be fast food? Why does it take 60 seconds to heat a cup of coffee? Why do I have to wait my turn at a 4-way stop? I blame it all on the internet. Al Gore has single-handedly changed our generation with the world wide web and that documentary from a few years ago (FYI: That was a tongue-in-cheek statement).
“In my day, if I wanted popcorn I planted the seeds, grew the crop, shucked the husks, boiled the oil and popped it myself. I needed 9 months notice to pop my corn and it tasted better for the wait.” - Don Mills
I wrote an article a few months back about our Demanding Little Trolls. The immediate gratification mindset has really taken root in our society and it is brainwashing all of us! Things are easier, faster, more convenient than ever… but we have fewer families sitting down at the table together. It’s a bit of a disconnect.
We feel the need to be constantly entertained and constantly stimulated. A century ago, immediate gratification never came. Scheduling a time slot for God between the first and second windows at the drive-through just isn’t enough. If we have prayer time while waiting for a movie to load on our phone, there is a problem. Next time you have a quiet moment, instead of mindlessly watching the Desperate Housewives of Miami, clear your mind and have a chat with Dear Ole Dad (A.K.A. God). The static that buzzes around our daily activities serves as a distraction from God. If you aren’t hearing from God, if you are searching for God and can’t seem to find him, or if you have never encountered God, consider this – make time for him, first.