People desire instant gratification when the things that truly gratify take time to form.
That applies to all things that we do.
We want a deeper faith but with less time invested, however a believer invested in their faith can move mountains.
We want a hotter body with less hard work, however more hard work creates a harder, hotter body longer.
We want hot sex with no strings attached, however sex with your spouse is more intimate and can be crazy hot because of the relationship built.
We want the bigger and better, however bigger is not always better and what we sacrifice for that appearance is probably what was best for us.
We want every high possible, however if you never experience the low you won't appreciate the high.
I question the motives, my motives. Do I fall into the trap because I am never satisfied, filled, complete? Do I take the easy route because I'm not good enough for the long haul?
I don't know the answer for the rest of you, but for me I am all of these things when I am not invested into my relationship with God. So, this is what I've written to myself in regards to those traps that try to catch my eye.
Take time to appreciate your blessings. Take time to let the things that gratify take form and shape.
Invest yourself into what you believe and know to be true. Invest yourself into being spiritually fit (that is taking steps to having a deeper relationship with your creator) and that the physical fitness will be second nature. Protect and take care for the body that you have and do what you have the power to do to make it the body you desire...through hard work.
Work harder, be disciplined and experience a healthy, fit body, mind and soul not tossing yourself into whatever the new thing is. Define who you are...better yet, define whose you are and let the 'who you are' derive from there. No longer be shallow in what you do but grow some roots and be firm. A solid plant grows in deep, rich soil as the shallow rooted plant will wither away. Do not be afraid of hard work. Do not be scared to get messy. Put your big boy pants on and be who you were meant to be. Weather the storms that are in your path and plant your faith in the Words that God has provided for you. Stand up, Stand strong, Stand firm, and Step out and greet a failing world with hope extending your hand to help others. Help them out of darkness. Know that everything worth anything is not easy and takes effort; embrace the task. Be satisfied. Be filled. Be complete. Be holy. Be thankful. Be the man God created you to be.