There are people in this world that complain about their parents or their bosses or their siblings, even their own friends. Sometimes we want to blame all those around us or blame circumstances and use that as an excuse for failing in life. We may have addictions in our lives that are there because of our upbringings, but no matter whose family we were born in to or what country we were born into or what neighborhood we lived in it still comes down to our responsibility to play the hand that we were dealt.
From the time we were born we tend to seek pleasure and avoid pain. A new born baby wants to be fed milk. Babies also seek the warmth of their mother. Thus from the time they are born they start seeking pleasure. It is the natural thing to do. They also want their diaper changed and cry out to let you know. They are avoiding pain.
So from the time we are born we start seeking pleasure and avoiding pain. We didn’t ask to be here. We didn’t ask for the bodies that we have. We just showed up one day. Poof! There we were! The cards we were dealt are our lives in this world.
We didn’t seek pleasure and avoid pain by choice, it was natural, we couldn’t even think yet. We were not responsible for the implementation of our taste buds and need for warmth. That was just there when we showed up. We didn’t choose any of these things but they were dealt to us anyhow.
Our job is to learn how to stop seeking pleasure and avoiding pain and to start moderating our pleasures and confronting pain. Unfortunately many of us don’t realize that is our responsibility here. We need to take the bodies we have been given and use them to bring glory to God. We are too busy using our bodies to seek self-gratification.
As long as our desire for pleasure is stronger than our willingness to confront pain we will remain slaves to our bodies. If we want freedom we must make a commitment to change. There must come a time in our lives when we no longer put ourselves first. This needs to be a time when our bodies no longer tell us what to do. We become our own man or women.