Waste, Spend or Invest

Preparing to travel can be quite a challenge if you have a lot of stuff you want to go with. On most international flights, you are allowed to check in two pieces of luggage and each a maximum weight of 50 pounds (23kg). When packing, it is wise to have a weighing device to ensure that you don’t exceed the stipulated weight limit. Otherwise when you get to the check-in counter at the airport, you may discover (as many people do) that you have excess luggage. You will

at this time be required to take out some stuff from the respective piece of luggage and this often boils down to making a judgment call on what is more important and therefore must absolutely go versus stuff that you can really do without.

If one is sincere to oneself, there is usually stuff that we want to carry that’s not essential. If however you insist that all you’re carrying is essential, it is at an extra cost - you pay for the excess luggage, and that’s no small amount!

We all have 24 hours in our day and really there is only so much that we can fit into that time frame. We also need to consider that there are certain things that are quite essential to our functioning and well-being and therefore stuff that have to be done - sleeping, eating, going to work school (for some), etc.

In this New Year, as you contemplate the many things you may want to do and the resolutions that generally involve adding on some more activities to your schedule, it may be useful to prioritize and determine what you must absolutely do versus stuff that you like but which may not necessarily add value to you or others. For example, if you would like to grow spiritually, you will have to invest more time in the study of God’s word and in prayer, which may then mean less time on Facebook or watching movies.

If you insist on simply extending the hours you’re up and about to accommodate both the essential and the trivial, it’s at a high cost - you will be less available to loved ones, you will rest less and probably jeopardize your health and wellbeing (physical, mental, emotional).

In a nutshell: Time is a resource and we are all given 24 hours in each day. There is only so much you can put into one day. Choose wisely what you do with yours - waste, spend or invest. The best investment of time is to (know and) do what God will have you do.

15 Therefore see that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people],
16 making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are [filled with] evil.
17 Therefore do not be foolish and thoughtless, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is. [Ephesians 5: 15-17; Amplified]

To do: Ask God for wisdom and a discerning spirit. Prioritize and eliminate tasks and activities that add no value to you or others.

Olihe Okoro
Author: Olihe Okoro
Olihe Okoro is a teacher and writer. She loves God's word and believes wholly in it as the road map for effective Christian living. She is happily married and the mother of three beautiful children.
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