Of course they wanted the $6.50 carbonated concoction in a plastic cup with a striped, spiraling straw! The drink would be quickly slurped. Mom or Dad would have to then carry it around the rest of the day. Then once home, it would be placed on a shelf to be forgotten forever.
Oh, and don’t forget the $9.00 hamburger and the $5.00 French fries! And then multiply that by four! For just under $100 the family could sit at a picnic table, under vapors of mist in a crowded amusement park on a hot summer day, and enjoy a lovely meal.
But we were mean parents. We packed a picnic lunch and left it in an ice chest in the car. At lunch time we had sandwiches, chips, Kool-Aid, iced tea, and fruit!
At the time I was a seminary student in Fort Worth. We didn’t have the money to afford the expensive Six Flags fare. Our kids had to suffer a picnic lunch in the parking lot.
How could we be so cruel to our preschoolers? We had the long term perspective which our preschool son and daughter did not understand at the time. (Now they have their own preschoolers! Hee-Hee.)
We knew we had to eat tomorrow, next week, and next month. That $100 would go a long way to put food on the table for many days to come.
So have you taken the long view or the short view to life? Is this life all there is to it? If so, then go for the spiral straw and expensive burgers. But if everyone lives forever either in heaven or hell, then that changes everything!
The Bible says,
“For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and the pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from the world.”
1 John 2:16 NLT
The short-term view is centered on self. The long-term view in centered on the Father in heaven and eternal life in His Son Jesus Christ our Savior. I’m committed to the eternal view!
Father, forgive us for looking only to the stuff of right-now. Keep us refocused on eternal objectives which please You.