Easily Pleased

Posted: October 14, 2014 in thought to ponder

When we pray, we tend to think of God as solving the problems immediately, or we ask for things that are temporary such as a car, or a house, or a phone, or anything that we can get our hands on. We want the luxury, the comfort, the pleasures of the “now” rather than thinking of the long term benefit. Just like a child asking for a toy when he enters a department store, we would plead and beg and tell God that we “want” something. We don’t really tend to look at what our need is. We don’t define the “want” and the “need”.

In my case, I do tend to pray for my love life. Specifically for a woman I have in mind (and heart for that matter). I would bargain with God, plead with him, wrestle in prayer, and then at times, I would sulk (Cebuano: Luod-luod; Tagalog: Nagtatampo) then I would be in a position of saying: “God, I’ve been doing this for you, I am serving you, can you just please give her to me already?”

Here’s the thing. When we pray for something that we want for the “now”, instead of looking at what God’s plan is, we tend to miss the bigger picture. For our hearts are easily pleased with temporary things. Consider what one author say about this…

If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
– CS Lewis, The Weight of Glory, 26

Indeed. We are easily pleased with temporary stuff. Let us fix our eyes on what last for eternity, not for what alleviates our pains today.

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