Modern Myth #8 — Self-Indulgence Satisfies

Modern Myth #8

Have you ever noticed that compulsive desires are never satisfied by indulging them – that cravings are not eliminated by giving in to them? For example, if you eat a bite of something sweet that you crave, you immediately want another bite. That’s because feeding a desire fuels its fire! People who are weight watchers know that: “To indulge is to bluge.” And addicts say: “One is too much but 1,000 is not enough.

Society encourages us to obey the myth that says “self-indulgence is satisfying,” but the more self is indulged, the more self clamors for, until we become little more than slaves to our self-demands. Far from being satisfying, self-indulgence brings bondage.

The truth is that compulsions, cravings, and desires are satisfied by self-restraint, not not by self-indulgence. Restrained cravings will cease their control and their clammoring within a few weeks, while fed feelings are forever fanned into flames.

Leslie Vernick puts it this way in this quotation: “When we feel unhappy or hurt, lonely or unloved, we wrongly believe that we will feel better if we indulge ourselves. That is not true. The results of a self-indulgent psyche or lifestyle are not happiness and good self-esteem, but bondage.”

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. I have written two books: Mindrobics: How To Be Happy For The Rest Of Your Life and Your Sperm Won--Experiencing Your Value As A Championship Human Being. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I lead a non-traditional church in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the early church come to life in our time.
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