As I was walking out of my neighborhood this morning, I had an idea for a blog post. I wanted a picture of a slug as my illustration. I walked almost three miles. I prayed that if God wanted me to write this post, he needed to send me a slug. I looked hard the whole way. I turned back into the neighborhood after not finding one and thought “ok, I guess I shouldn’t write about that today.” then, two houses from home I came across this fellow right in the middle of the sidewalk. Even a slug can be answered prayer!
My thought was on delayed gratification. That is almost a thing of the past in today’s society. We are so filled with self-indulgence that we can (and do) get what we want right when we want it. Today is filled with credit cards and laziness. What happened to saving for something we wanted… or even putting in some hard work for something?
There is something to be said for earning something through hard work, patience, and persistence. It makes the goal that much sweeter when you reach it. When we buy things with money we don’t have, or have things given to us, we tend to not appreciate them as much.
I’m trying to teach my boys the value of money and the value of work. It is hard to teach your children something when they are surrounded by the opposite. I’m trying to teach them that God gives us the things that we need and that we must be good stewards of what is given to us. I think that they are beginning to understand. I hope that they grow to be hard workers, savers, and great givers.
Sometimes, just because we want something doesn’t mean that we have to have it that moment. We may even have to walk three miles to see a slug…
“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5