Two economist are walking past a car dealership and see a fully restored 1967 Chevy Camaro for sale and one of the economist says wow – I really want that car. And the other economist laughs and says no you don’t.
The last thing you want to do is explain a joke, but since that joke isn’t inherently funny we will make this exception.
If the economist really wanted the car he would be willing to part way with his money for that car. Or if he didn’t have the money he would get an extra job earn extra money to obtain that car. Since he wasn’t willing to make the tradeoff then he didn’t “really want to get that car”
Common shortcoming for all of us
A lot of things in life we want to have but we are not willing to do the work to do what it takes to obtain it
Adam and Eve is an example of people wanting what they have not earned
[7:20] The devil whispered to them, in order to reveal their bodies, which were invisible to them. He said, "Your Lord did not forbid you from this tree, except to prevent you from becoming angels, and from attaining eternal existence."
[20:120] But the devil whispered to him, saying, "O Adam, let me show you the tree of eternity and unending kingship."
Immediate Results with No To Little Work
Marketers and advertisers use these tricks all the time
The quick way to get rich
The easiest way to lose weight
Penn Jillette – "There is only one trick in magic, and that is that we are willing to work harder than you think we will."
Example of Darren Brown - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHNq4SQxyv0
How to Lose Weight in 4 Easy Steps – Aaron Bleyaert
1.) NO BEER
2.) PORTION CONTROL
3.) HAVE YOUR HEART BROKEN
4.) NO FRUIT JUICE
Guy sneaks into Floyd Mayweather vs. Connor McGregor fight
[9:42] If there were a quick material gain, and a short journey, they would have followed you. But the striving is just too much for them. They will swear by GOD: "If we could, we would have mobilized with you." They thus hurt themselves, and GOD knows that they are liars.
[17:11] The human being often prays for something that may hurt him, thinking that he is praying for something good. The human being is impatient.
[21:37] The human being is impatient by nature. I will inevitably show you My signs; do not be in such a hurry.
The Secret – The law of attraction – whatever you think about you will attract
People think about wanting money and all they get is more wanting of money
God knows exactly how much we can handle and if He was to give us one penny more than we can handle we would transgress.
Materials of This World: All That The Disbelievers Get
[43:33] If it were not that all the people might become one (disbelieving) congregation, we would have granted everyone who disbelieves in the Most Gracious mansions with silver roofs, and stairs upon which they could climb. [43:34] Their mansions would have impressive gates, and luxurious furnishings. [43:35] Also many ornaments. All these are the temporary materials of this lowly life. The Hereafter—at your Lord—is far better for the righteous.
Growth only occurs in states of discomfort
Moses with his teacher – how can you stand that which you do not understand
Karate Kid – wax on wax off
So instead of asking for more provisions think about asking God for the ability to handle more provisions
Solomon's Exemplary Devotion
[38:30] To David we granted Solomon; a good and obedient servant.
[38:31] One day he became preoccupied with beautiful horses, until the night fell.
[38:32] He then said, "I enjoyed the material things more than I enjoyed worshiping my Lord, until the sun was gone.
[38:33] "Bring them back." (To bid farewell,) he rubbed their legs and necks.
[38:34] We thus put Solomon to the test; we blessed him with vast material wealth, but he steadfastly submitted.*
[38:35] He said, "My Lord, forgive me, and grant me a kingship never attained by anyone else. You are the Grantor."
[38:36] We (answered his prayer and) committed the wind at his disposal, pouring rain wherever he wanted.
[38:37] And the devils, building and diving.
[38:38] Others were placed at his disposal.
[38:39] "This is our provision to you; you may give generously, or withhold, without limits."
[38:40] He has deserved an honorable position with us, and a wonderful abode.
*38:32 Solomon missed his afternoon prayer because of his horses. To nullify Satan's possible claim that Solomon loved his horses more than loving God, he got rid of his horses.
“History is filled with the sound of silken slippers going downstairs and wooden shoes coming up.” ―Voltaire
Societies are founded by stoics and fall by epicureans
Doing the hardwork vs. pleasure seeking
Persevere past failure
Cyrus the Great - Pasargadae remained the capital of the Achaemenid empire until Cambyses II moved it to Susa; later, Darius founded another in Persepolis.
Easy choice, hard life hard choice easy life
[47:31] We will certainly put you to the test, in order to distinguish those among you who strive, and steadfastly persevere. We must expose your true qualities.
[90:10] Did we not show him the two paths? [90:11] He should choose the difficult path. [90:12] Which one is the difficult path? [90:13] The freeing of slaves. [90:14] Feeding, during the time of hardship. [90:15] Orphans who are related. [90:16] Or the poor who is in need. [90:17] And being one of those who believe, and exhorting one another to be steadfast, and exhorting one another to be kind. [90:18] These have deserved happiness.
when you haven’t earned something you give it up easily
Now that we know this - what is it that we really want?
[53:24] What is it that the human being desires? [53:25] To GOD belongs both the Hereafter, and this world.
[7:26] O children of Adam, we have provided you with garments to cover your bodies, as well as for luxury. But the best garment is the garment of righteousness. These are some of GOD's signs, that they may take heed. [7:27] O children of Adam, do not let the devil dupe you as he did when he caused the eviction of your parents from Paradise, and the removal of their garments to expose their bodies. He and his tribe see you, while you do not see them. We appoint the devils as companions of those who do not believe.
Choose Your Priorities Carefully This Life
[17:18] Anyone who chooses this fleeting life as his priority, we will rush to him what we decide to give him, then we commit him to Gehenna, where he suffers forever, despised and defeated.
[17:19] As for those who choose the Hereafter as their priority, and work righteousness, while believing, their efforts will be appreciated.
[17:20] For each one of them we provide; we provide those and these from your Lord's bounties. Your Lord's bounties are inexhaustible.
[17:21] Note how we preferred some people above others (in this life). The differences in the Hereafter are far greater and far more significant.
[42:20] Whoever seeks the rewards of the Hereafter, we multiply the rewards for him. And whoever seeks the materials of this world, we give him therefrom, then he receives no share in the Hereafter.
[4:134] Anyone who seeks the materials of this world should know that GOD possesses both the materials of this world and the Hereafter. GOD is Hearer, Seer.