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  • Writer's picturePaul Condello

Immediate Appeal

A Christian values a choice that may not immediately appeal to her or him when it is ultimately better for themselves and others.

...appreciating what may not be immediately appealing is an insight that can help people be more successful in life.

As more people from the public rediscover the Christian way of thinking, they will learn the value that Christians place on appreciating what may not immediately appeal to them when it has long-term or overall benefits that are good for themselves and others. Members of other religions also hold that value and people who are not religious can think that way as well. However, it can be more natural for people to pursue what immediately appeals to them even when it is to their detriment.

It isn’t necessarily wrong in itself to like what is immediately appealing, but it becomes a problem when it is a choice made to the exclusion of what is ultimately better for oneself and others. For example, it can be immediately appealing to make a large purchase online, and that isn’t bad in itself. However, it becomes a problem when that purchase is made only on a whim and the buyer was also planning to give that money to a family member who was struggling financially.

On the flip side, reading a book may not seem immediately appealing to some. However, those who still learn to value the overall benefits of reading can better both their own lives and the lives of others. For someone who hadn't previously thought this way, this form of appreciating what may not be immediately appealing is an insight that can help them lead a more successful, less selfish, and happier life.

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