Consequences, Not Pain
This past Friday I was sitting at my desk at work. Busy, at the same time my mind is busy too. One of the perks of being an introvert is to have a overthinking mind. Sometimes it helps-it makes me generate ideas, sometimes it’s a curse-it makes me worry. Somehow, I remember my culinary days. I remembered it because of long work hours we’ve been doing. Anyone who’ve been in culinary or the food service industry exactly knows what I’m talking about. Hours are long, schedules are inconsistent, demanding, and stressful.
One of the banquet server tells me, “I don’t know how you do it.” And I replied, “I think of my daughter, I don’t think about the pain, I think of the consequences.” Like anything you want in life, it just doesn’t magically appear knocking in your front door. You have to toil for it. In this age of pleasure-seeking, instant gratification, I don’t care as long as I’m happy mindsets, it is proving to be a challenge.
Whenever the temptation arise to veer off my goals or the things I have to do, I remind myself of what the consequences would be. Either I suffer now and have fun later or have fun now and suffer later, I prefer the former.
It is painful to resist temptation but it would be much more painful if you give in to it. Being single and having this freedom, I could sleep with as many women but I choose not to. It is not who I am. I could be watching Netflix instead of writing but I write knowing that it has a purpose the first is just for entertainment.
They are times that I’d become weary, fighting, sticking to the plan. Later, I find myself complaining to God and worse, getting ahead of Him-resulting in unpleasant consequences, just because I can’t wait. Screaming with heavy breathing, “I need to fulfill my desires now, I need to ease the burden and give in to comfort.”
Yet, I read about David how for fourteen years, persevered and waited on the Lord. He had all the chance to take the throne, his soldiers even think of killing him. In spite of all this, he never think of himself. He waited on God. Just imagine the pain he went through. Fourteen long years, being hunted down by Saul’s elite soldiers. Now compare that to your life. What would you do? I couldn’t have done it. No wonder he was called, “A man after God’s own heart.”
When you find yourself in a pickle, in the heat of battle. When you’re on the verge of defeat, of giving up think not of the pain. Fight and think of the consequences.
Be still and know that He is God.
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