Time For Monday Night Football
I like the Detroit Lions.
Maybe you have no idea who they Detroit Lions are. They are a professional football team in the NFC North Division. They are not the best team in the NFL or their division. They were, however, the very first team to go 0-16 during a regular season. That's right, they lost EVERY game that year! With that said, I still like them and every year I look forward to watching them lose, I mean play.
Unfortunately, they play tonight on ESPN's Monday Night Football. This is a problem because the only cable channels I have are the ones that come in through the antenna that sits on my shed. However, this didn't stop me from doing a quick google search to see how I could stream ESPN.
I couldn't believe all of the live TV streaming services that are out there. Sling TV, Youtube TV, PlayStation Vue, and the list goes on and on. Almost all of them offer free trials and within minutes I started a free trial with PlayStation Vue. As long as I cancel by Friday, my debit card will not be charged.
Sweet! I'm going to watch some Lions football!
I took away two lessons from this story: 1) Technology can be a wonderful thing. 2) I'm a sucker for instant gratification.
Technology, like so many things, can be wonderful if used in the right way. It can also be very devastating if left in the wrong hands. Technology allows me to watch Lions football, make calls to my friends in other countries, and text my wife heart emojis. It's great.
I also realized that I am a sucker for instant gratification. I wanted to watch the Lions play and found a way to make that happen - within minutes. Yes, that was very resourceful of me but it also made me think that I should be able to get anything I want in a moments notice but that isn't reality.
Most things worth having require patience, not impulse or instant gratification.
Take for example a human baby. The process from conception to birth is going to take approximately 37-40 weeks. You can't speed that process up. You simply have to be patient. Or take for example your relationship with God. Sometimes we expect God to immediately answer our prayers and show us everything he has planned for us. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but patience is required here too.
It's easy in this culture to let the trap of instant gratification grab ahold of you. We do it without thinking sometimes. Don't get me wrong, I'm going to enjoy the Lions game tonight but I am a little more aware of the importance of being patient in an instant gratification culture.
How have you seen the culture of instant gratification sneak into your life?
Until Monday, Josh
UPDATE: The Lions lost their home-opener 48-17. I probably won't be going out of my way to watch Detroit play this season!