"Short term gain equals long term pain. Short term pain equals long term gain.”
How true is this?! The whipped cream on top of the latte, the "just this time" failure to exercise, the slack we give ourselves when we excuse our lack of action due to feelings or other circumstances, toleration of a day or two to pass without prayer or reading of God's Word, short-cuts to reach a goal....
For the moment these all seem OK. Pleasurable even. We feel we gain time or emotional or physical satisfaction by these choices. We who are Christians even pass off these choices as an exercise in Christian freedom.
Then comes the inevitable reality - long term pain. In our pain, we turn to our faith and the strong arms of God expecting quick relief from it - much like Tylenol for a headache.
What's wrong with this picture?