Friday, September 23, 2016

"The Wimpy Way Out"

2nd Thessalonians 
3.8-10 NKJV

“…nor did we eat anyone's bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us. 

For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.

Money is a powerful tool to accomplish our dreams, fulfill our desires, and fix what ails us. There is no particular virtue in poverty. Money can be a great blessing but “the love of money is the root of all evil” (1st Timothy 6.10 KJV). Money represents the things we can buy. Those things and our motivation to own them reveal the condition of our hearts. Our level of devotion to material possessions indicates the depth of the evil within us.

“If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat”.

Paul’s work ethic could be restated for our spend-happy culture:

‘If anyone has no money, neither shall he buy.’

Wimpy, in the original Popyeye cartoon series, was a ‘hamburger-aholic’. He was fond of promising, “I’ll gladly pay you tomorrow for a hamburger today”. Apparently Wimpy did not have enough cash on hand to satisfy his hankering for a burger. St. Paul would have clarified things for Wimpy: ‘Wait until tomorrow to eat the hamburger when you have the money to buy it. Go to work today. Earn the money. Let your hunger spur you on to productive labor, then come back and buy your burger.”

The difference between a man and a boy is… a boy won’t wait. A man can delay gratification. Wimpy looked like a man, but he was apparently still a boy. Wimpy was a wimpy man.

There are many things I want, feel I deserve, and could easily justify owning like a vacation, for example. The truth is... I could take a vacation right now if I wanted to. I have a credit card! Saying “no” to self is painful. The little boy within me threatens a tantrum. He’s screams to spend money I don’t have. The man in me believes I can wait, delay my own gratification. The man in me realizes the best vacation I’ll ever take is the one that’s paid for before I take it.

Will I delay gratification like a man or will I take the “Wimpy” way out?

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