Fight the Instant Era

Thank God for technology. There is no debating the fact that technology has sped up a number of processes in our lives. This has allowed us to focus our attention on other more important things. However, this level of technological advancement has spoiled us.

No? You don’t think so? Let me ask you this: when was the last time you watched a TV show at the scheduled time? or when was the last time you wrote a letter by hand and mailed it? We are getting used to getting things fast. This has a downside, not everything was designed to be instantaneous.

There are some processes that take time. Growth takes time. The lessons you learn over time are crucial in the process of mastery. Patience cannot be learned in a second. Experience cannot be gained in a short amount of time. Mastery of a skill cannot be achieved in a millisecond.

Relationships take time. How much can you possibly care for someone who you just met a second ago? And if you care or fall in love, how long can it last? How long have you known your best friend for? Not everything can be instantaneous.

How do we compensate for that? We have to know that some things take time. Have patience with yourself, allow yourself to consider the possibility that some goal you are pursuing might take you years to achieve even after doing everything right. A cake is not ready the second after the ingredients have been brought together just right. They need to be exposed to high levels of heat for a long period of time before it is ready. The same thing with diamonds. They are created through pressure and heat.

I’m not saying to purge our lives from technology. I merely saying to devote time to the things that matter. You reap what you sow. The benefits of devoting your focus to a particular goal over long periods of time will become evident. Persistence is key. This applies to relationships, job, or wanting to learn a new skill or discipline.

You don’t have to take EVERY shortcut. Sometimes the scenic route is the one you should take. The problem lies in knowing when to take which one. This is when you have to reach outside yourself to ask for guidance.

If you have any doubts about which path to take, ask someone. Preferably someone who has gone through what you are going through right now. There is someone in your immediate vicinity who can help you. If there is no one you can ask, pray.

I know God is interested in our lives. He know what we are going through, we only need to call on him. He wants to act on your behalf. Allow him the opportunity to become a more tangible part of your life. I’m pretty sure he’ll come in and help you out.

What if he doesn’t answer? That’s a good question. The best thing I can tell you is to ask for wisdom and make the decision. That’s what I do. I resign myself to the fact that he has my back and everything will be alright. That’s how experience is gained sometimes, enduring through hard times and coming out on the other side.

What has been your experience? i would like to hear from you in the comments.

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