Can you make a list of all your favorite activities?
How much time do you think about them, and or do them?
Do you believe the investment of that time is a good one?
Doesn’t it seem to be true when they say “Time flies when you’re having fun!”?
What about the important stuff that isn’t so fun, and maybe even more valuable?
How much time do you allot to those things?
Are they given the same quality of attention? Why not?
I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have waited in line for the concert doors to open, or sat on the phone waiting on hold to get an answer I wanted. Were those investments in time valuable, really?
They were to me at the time, but then again so were all those purchases of western boots I love so much. Those sneaky little emotions that if satiated, will release chemicals in the brain that reinforce all the good feelings to those favorite things. There is another side to this coin, as there always is, they cannot distinguish value and truth, just feelings. There is another saying I’m confident you are familiar with; “Patience is a virtue.” I speak of this as it correlates to impulse (emotional)spending or endeavors. Is it necessary? Is it a benefit to another? Did you submit it to Jesus for His recommendation? Even if you don’t know if you hear from God, you do have a resource that will always have the answer; the Bible. Spending time in the word is, and always has been, the very best investment there is.
One of my favorite books contained in it has to be Proverbs. The scriptures are short and to the point, what a tremendous guide for making wise decisions and who to do life with, or without. Here are a few examples;
Proverbs 23:12 ~ Apply yourself to discipline and listen to words of knowledge.
Proverbs 23:17-18 ~ Don’t let your heart envy sinners, instead, always fear the Lord. For then you will have a future and your hope will not be dashed.
Proverbs 24:5 ~ A wise warrior is better than a strong one, and a man of knowledge than one of strength, for you should wage war with sound guidance —- victory comes with many counselors.
Proverbs 26:20 ~ Without wood, fire goes out; without gossip conflict dies down.
Do you see why I love this book so much? Every answer you seek is in this living book.
Thank you Lord for your written word, and for these words today.
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