Instant Gratification

Krispy Kreme Fat SignIndulgence, weak willpower, poor self-control and self-discipline

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.  English Proverb

People do not lack strength; they lack will.  Victor Hugo

True happiness…is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. Helen Keller 

Giving in to instant gratification can be an indication of weakness. Many of our woes and difficulties are due to weak and undisciplined wills. Is it difficult to say “NO” to our self? Is immediate and short term gratification often the choice instead of doing what is best for our long term good? Do we lack focus and self-control?

Many of us have one or more of the following weaknesses: over eating, too much drinking, too much TV, insufficient exercise, poor nutrition, buying things on credit, gossip, procrastination and disorganization. These are gratification issues. Our lack of motivation and discipline is detrimental to our well-being. For those with emotional eating issues, gratification is at the core of our weakness. We give in to the desires to eat because of emotional needs; getting immediate gratification making us feel better, but is harmful to our long term health and well-being. It would be so much better if we had the intestinal fortitude and will power to resist these temptations. Not giving in to instant gratification would result in our better health and happiness.

One of the criticisms of today’s business world is company executives succumbing to the pressures of short term thinking; “cooking the books” to make profit and loss statements look better in the short term. Often these decisions are not in the company’s long term best interests. The executives are under pressure to look good today even though it may be misleading, dishonest and even unethical. They lack will power and discipline. They cannot resist the lure of giving in to the pressures of trying to looking good in the short term.

Giving in to short term pleasures is often unwise and dumb; but we do it anyway. We lack will power, self-discipline, motivation and personal accountability to control ourselves. The emotional need for short term gain or pleasure overpowers and trumps our long term higher needs. We do not have sufficient conscious control; are unable to resist basic emotions; and lack the mental strength to hold ourselves accountable and responsible.

Overcoming such issues is obviously very tough to do. It requires our very best will power and motivational commitment to engage and address the conditions that make us so weak-willed. This is a fundamental weakness for many of us. “Where there’s a will, there is a way”. If we want it “bad enough” we can take control.


Challenge: Would you like more control over instant gratification? It involves saying “NO” to yourself. It involves overcoming short-term pleasures for your greater good. It takes self-discipline, motivation, will power and self control. The first step is to believe in yourself. Your strengths will get reinforced every time you do not give in. Say no, and make better decisions. Your strength will grow by one successful decision at a time.

Wisdom: Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. Mahatma Gandhi

Spiritual: (NIV)

But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Romans 8:25


Know this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. James 1:3, 4


We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

The secular world sells “if it feels good do it’. Self indulgence, selfishness, living for today, living beyond our means all go along with instant gratification. It is hard to look around and see people refraining from the temptations of short term and immediate pleasure. Self discipline is woefully short and is one of the most difficult successful living traits to acquire or master. God is there to help us with this if we will but ask Him.

Prayer: Help me to have the strength to have self-discipline in my life. Enable me to overcome my temptations.


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