Instant-ness . Santa Fe, Texas Writer

by Jamie Zenteno

Its 2015 and our culture just screams at us to want everything!!!!

We have:

INSTANT messaging b/c it takes too long to call and talk to someone

FAST food because we don't have time to cook

ATM automated teller machines because everything takes $$$ now


Let's look at these:

Instant potatoes vs homemade mashed potatoes {taste better homemade}

Canned veggies vs fresh {canned veggies have extremely high salt content & some loss of nutrients}

 Are the instant things better for you?

Is there more nutrition in the homemade or fresh items?


Why is then, that we settle for instant gratification so much more? Is it because we don’t - won't - can’t take the time for things that are better for us?


How far have we as society gone?

·We can’t seem to wait until we can afford something today, we just whip out a charge card and there you have it, instant, plastic money, that allows you to live way beyond your means and obtain things that you would normally have to wait for.

·We feel that the postal service takes too long, so our letters are faxed from place to place in an instant.

·A person need not waste time dressing up for a trip to the funeral home, in fact, they don’t even need to waste time getting out of their cars and walking in to greet the family.

·What’s next, drive through churches, and Communion through automated teller type machines? Just drive by, pick up your Sunday Sermon on CD, drive to the next window, receive Communion, and then proceed on your way, with a total investment of time of possibly ten to fifteen minutes, tops!

Is all of that ridiculous? Of course is it!! We are moving more and more toward a society that is completely controlled and bound by a clock.

As we tend to expect things immediately, we also expect God to answer our prayers immediately too. When He don’t answer them right away, we lose interest and think that God does not want to waste time with us!

Have you ever thought that God might be telling us to slow down a little bit and have some patience? We have to remember, God does not use a clock or calendar in Heaven, time is not relative in Heaven. We are the ones that are totally wrapped up in time.

Don’t waste all of your time trying to save time!

 What if God was bound by a clock or a calendar? What if it was not efficient or cost-effective for Him to continue to bless you with food and shelter?

 I know that there are a million things that try to get your attention or that you put your attention to but this year really think about it. Does it have to be done now? Do I really need to do this? Can it wait? IT IS NECESSARY?

 Lets look at a few verses about slowing down:

Isaiah 40:31
But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint

 Psalm 86:15
But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

 Galatians 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

 James 1:19-20
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

 James 5:7-8
Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near.

 I leave you with this last thought today from Dave Ramsey:

"What if today we live like no one else lives….so that later we can live like no one else lives."

-Jamie Zenteno w/Women Simply Thriving