Delayed Gratification vs. Instant Gratification

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 7: 7-8

It’s no surprise that we live in the age of instant gratification. And technology plays a significant role in it. Everything is just within our reach. People are getting more impatient, selfish, and worldly. There’s no limit in everything we do.


Though I was raised to live a moderate life when I was a child, but as I grew up I took the other way around. I took everything life could give since I now have the means to achieve it. The verse above  (Matthew 7:7) becomes like this to me – “Don’t ask for it will not be given to you, so do something; don’t seek for you won’t find it, just find alternatives; don’t knock and wait, just open it.” I become limitless, impatient, selfish, and worldly. I’d been berated by my parents so many times about my need for instant gratification. As willful as I am, I still do what I want, whenever I want. When I want to go somewhere, I wanna go there now! When I want to do something, I wanna do it now! I took life so lightly that everything I’ve been doing has been compromised – works, studies, career and a lot more if I continue living like this. This is a childish way of living.


So here I am, thinking about what I’ve been through. I just realize, practicing instant gratification for the past years of my life becomes my lifestyle and in turn made me wasted. Oh yes, we were told to live life to the fullest since we only live once and with that, we have to enjoy it. But we shouldn’t waste it. Practicing delayed gratification is the way to being mindful and valuing everything we do. Hard work should come first before rewarding oneself. Truly, patience is a virtue. It’s kinda difficult for it’s not my nature to wait or be patient. But God is my rock, He will help me (Matthew 7:8).




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