Wise Time Investment… “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces”. Matthew 7:6
Beware of distractions or attractions that feel like you are wasting time. Maybe you have a family member who has gone beyond the point of listening to your good intentions. Instead of fretting over their focus on absurdity, spend more time fasting and praying for them. Quietly involve your family in corporate prayer on behave of another relative who is in relational chaos. Be wise to not waste time arguing, but redeem the time asking God.
In the workplace give added responsibilities to the faithful and avoid promotions for those who are constantly engaged in drama. As a leader your responsibility is to make better the grateful and loyal team members, and not be consumed or angered by the unappreciative. Reserve your reproofs for those who will take it to heart, and change. Be wise and not be drawn into the influence of those in chronic turmoil. Give quantity time to quality people, because the unkind do not always react kindly to kindness.
Even in sharing the gospel there are some who only want to argue their point. Dismiss their combative conversations and move on to those more open to truth. The lost are loved to Jesus and enticed by truth, but they will not be debated into belief. “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work” (2 John 1:10-11).
Time is a treasure, so steward it with prayer. Invest in others who can invest in others. “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2). The pearls of Providence deserve the best people and places for your investment of time and energy.
With whom do I need to cut back my time, and trust God to change them? What project or program needs to be cut loose and replaced with a more productive strategy?
What did I learn from the Lord in today’s Bible reading? How will I respond?
December 5, 2023
“Agree with God, He will never lead you astray.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 5, 2023 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. Colossians 2:8 When I was [...]
December 4, 2023
“The promises of God grow and flourish best in a humble, loving, and obedient heart.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 4, 2023 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat [...]
December 3, 2023
“Wherever you are there God is.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 3, 2023 But will God indeed dwell with mankind on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You; how much less this house which I have built! 2 Chronicles 6:18 When I was entering college, like most young [...]