Financial Fitness Tip #5 – Delayed Gratification

“For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience” (Romans 8:24-25).

Delayed gratification is patiently waiting for things we can’t afford. Unfortunately, we live in a world that most call “the microwave” generation!” A generation that wants everything now: no planning, no budgeting, no saving – just buy it now! Many are over-extended with high-ticketed pleasure purchases while struggling to keep up with the necessities of life. We learn in Romans 8:24-25 that we are to hope and wait patiently for high-ticketed items such as multiple TV’s, video games, vacations, etc.

Waiting on the Lord is active. It’s preparing our hearts being ready to serve God, and expecting Him to provide for our needs and wants (Matt. 6:33). As we patiently wait in hope, we are confident in knowing that God is already working behind the scenes to bless us with our needs and our occasion wants.

Delayed gratification eliminates impulse spending. It is waiting and diligently planning for the future. Delayed gratification teaches us:

• To trust God for our needs.
• To not covet what we can’t afford.
• To live a life of contentment.
• To live within our financial means.

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