In Exodus 8, God sends a plague of frogs on Egypt because Pharaoh has refused to let Israel go. The frogs were everywhere – in the people’s paths, their beds, their homes, their food, and their water. When Pharaoh demands for Moses to pray to God to take away this horrible plague, Moses said to Pharaoh, “I leave to you the honor of setting the time for me to pray for you and your officials and your people that you and your houses may be rid of the frogs, except for those that remain in the Nile.”
“Tomorrow,” Pharaoh said. – Exodus 8:9-10a
Who decides to spend one more night with a plague of frogs when they can be delivered from them today?
Pharaoh?…yes, as well as everyone reading this post…including myself!
C’mon, you and I know this is true. Be honest with yourself. I know what I’m suppose to do or stop doing yet so often I find myself waking up asking for forgiveness and today I begin with a fresh commitment only to find myself here again sooner than later. I find this so frustrating in my life and yet i know and understand the following passage that reads:
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
We are all ONE DECISION away from making our future better. Even though our Future Self values long term rewards, our Present Self absolutely loves immediate gratification. Long term payoff in our brain is…well… too long and far away. So what do we DO?
There are various ways to make adjustments but today, why dont we try this: Find a way to move future rewards and punishments into the present moment. Make the future consequences become present consequences.
One of the best ways to bring future rewards into the present moment is with a strategy known as temptation bundling. Temptation bundling is a concept that came out of behavioral economics research performed by Katy Milkman at The University of Pennsylvania. Simply put, the strategy suggests that you bundle a behavior that is good for you in the long-run with a behavior that feels good in the short-run.
Here are a few common examples of temptation bundling:
- Only listen to audio books or podcasts you love while exercising.
- Only get a pedicure while processing overdue work emails.
- Only watch your favorite show while ironing or doing household chores.
- Only eat at your favorite restaurant when conducting your monthly meeting with a difficult colleague.
This article covers some specific exercises you can follow to figure out how to create temptation bundling ideas that work for you.
The other way is what i call the “old school” way of doing things. “SUCK IT UP” and get to work. Be responsible and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery…
EVERYDAY, MAKE A DECISION AGAINST YOURSELF. As the Apostle Paul says, “Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial.” 1 Cor. 10:23
FREEDOM motivates me! I want to be free, feel free, think free, and exert freedom into every conversation i have with people. Even more, the freedom that comes in Christ is so absolutely addicting that I cant stand feeling controlled or heavy burdened. The passage above indicates that we have control of this action. SO i leave you with the same statement Moses left Pharaoh:
“I leave to you the honor of setting the time for me to pray for you and your officials and your people that you and your houses may be rid of the frogs, except for those that remain in the Nile.”