Look at that candy bar and chips at the checkout line.

And then stacks of chocolate and roses entice around Valentines day in the stacks of greeting cards.

After we have looked at items on the Internet, and then, voila, ads pop up tempting us to buy, buy, buy.

I am a “gadget guy” and I need to rein in my rapaciousness to buy yet one more gadget.

Impulse buying causes our closets and basements to spawn multiple and unneeded items — like ants attracted too sugar, we are seduced to make quick decisions which have long lasting consequences.

Patience flies away in the face of the immediate, temptation.

Proverbs 14:29 reminds and counsels “It’s smart to be patient” (CEV).

Our culture worships impulsiveness and spontaneity. It tells us that spur-of-the-moment, “gut” decisions are the right ones.

You’ve probably heard repeatedly to “follow your heart.” Feelings often lead us in the wrong direction.

We need to rely on truth outside of ourselves.

“What a shame—yes, how stupid!—to decide before knowing the facts!” (Proverbs 18:13 TLB).

So when we don’t yet have all the facts, slow down. Don’t rely on our gut, your heart, or our feelings.

Take the time to look for objective truth outside of ourself.

Proverbs 14:29 says, “Patience leads to abundant understanding, but impatience leads to stupid mistakes” (CEB).

Don’t make quick decisions that we’re going to regret.

And the same is true when you don’t have all the facts. Instead of just “following your heart,” take the time to slow down and make a careful decision.

Remember: It’s smart to be patient.


Elements of this come from an email by Rick Warren 1/3/2019, majority written by Phillip Kapela.

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