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Faithfulness is a character trait we all want other people to have. We want our spouse to be faithful to us in good times and bad. We want the guy who’s repairing our roof to do a good job and get it finished on time. And we want our children to obey us not just to get gifts or special privileges, but because they trust us and believe we want the best for them.

Faithfulness is a wonderful thing. But it’s not easy to be faithful, and it’s not easy to find other people who fit the definition these days. One place you notice it is in the workplace. Years ago it was normal for a person to hold the same job for thirty years or more. Today, turnover is a lot higher. We like to keep our options open, looking for bigger paychecks and more attractive benefits.

It’s okay to want to be fairly compensated for the work that we do. But a lot of times, people are looking for a way to get the same benefits today that would take the next person several years to earn.

TV commercials are another place we see this, with products like weight loss supplements and skin creams that promise us overnight results. Why do we buy this stuff? I think it’s because we want something for nothing. It takes so little effort to take a pill or rub some cream onto your skin. Yet we’re expecting the same results as if we were at the gym three days a week doing stomach crunches, lifting weights and watching what we eat.

The point is shortcuts don’t usually deliver the results we hope for. And compromises keep us from enjoying true satisfaction in life.

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