Play Now, Pay Later

Recently, my hubby and I enjoyed a fantastic eco adventure tour at Collingwood Scenic Caves. As we walked along a 420 ft. long foot suspension bridge, we got to experience the fantastic view of the landscape below the Niagara Escarpment – and yes, the bridge wiggled. Then we enjoyed a wonderful tree-top walk along a 10 inch board walkway suspended from between trees some 30 – 50 feet off the ground. Those boards wobbled too. My hubby and I sucked in our bellies and crawled through a crack to enter a cave known as “The Refrigerator”. Finally, we enjoyed two exhilarating rides on zip-lines, the last one requiring a literal “leap of faith” as you step off the top of the Escarpment with a 150 ft. vertical drop below you and 1000 ft. of zip line to travel along. TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!

I have a very adventurous soul, so my soul thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the experience. Unfortunately, my body was NOT in agreement with my soul. After climbing steep stairs and crawling through the first cave, my legs complained most vociferously (OOOO –  big word). My dogs were howling and my birds were screeching. (See my post “Pushing Through Barkin’ Dawgs, June 4, 2014) Three days after my adventure, my body put in a formal complaint with the Ministry of Labour and then went on strike. I was one unhappy puppy – whine-whine.

One of the unpleasant characteristics of Fibromyalgia, is that an activity may or may not cause pain the day of the activity, however, 2-3 days later, you can wake up feeling like someone ran a steamroller over you. Because I do not wish to spend my life in suspended animation, I participate in activities that I really enjoy but for which I know I will pay for later on. I endure the resulting pain, fatigue and stiffness because I don’t have any other choice if I wish to enjoy my life to the full and avoid becoming a very grumpy Mrs. Couch Potato.

I make a thoughtful choice based on comparing the level of enjoyment to the level pain I may suffer afterwards. In other words, I think about my actions and their consequences, and I accept responsibility for those consequences. I find that many people in this world have a “play now, pay later” mentality but it’s not because they have to. Those kinds of people have a very selfish, self-absorbed, narrow view of their life. They want what they want – they want it NOW and to hell with the consequences.

I used to work in healthcare and I saw the sad results of people who lived the “play now, pay later” lifestyle. People who ate too much and ended up with legs amputated from the complications of Type II diabetes. I would be tidying up their bedside table and find, chips, chocolates and candy stashed away. They wanted what they wanted! I would monitor the vital signs of a patient with cardiac or pulmonary disease, who would then walk out to have a cigarette. They wanted what they wanted!

I have never understood people who willingly engage in harmful activities. Do they really believe that “it”, whatever bad thing “it” may be, will not happen to them? Are people really that blind and stupid? Are people really that selfish?

“What’s a few drinks every day – I can hold my liquor”

“It’s only 1 or 2 joints – I’m not a drug addict”

“I only watch soft porn – it’s not hurting anybody”

“It’s just a little harmless flirting – I’m not cheating on my spouse”

“I’ll turn to God if I need Him, but I don’t need Him right now”

Play now, pay later.

Maybe you are lucky and can play without paying. Or maybe you end up paying but things work out okay in the end. I know that there are many people who have made some drastic mistakes by “playing” but they seem to come out of it okay. Many others are not so fortunate and must either live with the consequences or die from the consequences.

One thing is absolutely certain, if you don’t choose God and if you don’t accept Jesus as your Saviour, you WILL die from the consequences. Maybe you think that you have time to make that choice later on in your life, after you have “lived” a little. You are fooling yourself! Our lives on this earth are fragile things and our life could end in a second.

1Pe 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of men as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls out,

There are no second chances if death claims you before you decide to choose to follow Jesus.

Jesus is coming back to gather his followers. Even though we don’t know the exact day and time when Jesus will appear, we are told to expect him at any moment.

Mat 24:36-39 But of that day and hour no one knows, no, not the angels of Heaven, but only My Father. But as the days of Noah were, so shall be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered into the ark. And they did not know until the flood came and took them all away. So also will be the coming of the Son of Man.

2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a rushing noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat. And the earth and the works in it will be burned up.

Since Jesus could arrive at any moment, you can’t say “there’s lots of time. I want to play now, I’ll choose him later, after I have done some ‘living’ “. You may end up paying for your playing by forfeiting your life for eternity.

Instead, I urge you to choose Jesus today – he already did all the paying for your worldly playing. Choose Jesus and you will enjoy unimaginably wonderful playing for all of eternity.

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