Have you thought about what you have invested, or maybe gambled away, not realizing the value of your time, interest, attention, money or energy?
As a pastor, I often see people investing their time or finances into something with very little return. According to Luke 14:28, “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost…” we must learn the value of weighing the cost of our invest against its return. I have made it my mission to try and give people the most information possible so that they can shun the consequences that come with trading something valuable for things that have no value. As a father, I want to see my children succeed beyond their dreams and come to a point where they truly understand their worth. Don’t gamble with your worth and or time; this risk can cause detrimental consequences that a kiss from Mama cannot fix.
People who gamble with their life risk receiving little return. I want to challenge you today to learn the value of your worth. Many people enter into relationships taking a gamble and hoping for the best, such as their spouse changing. Do not take a gamble on something as precious as your time. Unlike finances or reputation, which can be repaired, if you take a gamble with your time, you have wasted time that you will NEVER see again. Your time is a commodity too precious to waste. If you continue to invest time into a relationship and you see very little return, it is time to consider repositioning your investment into an undertaking that has the best rate of return for you. This attitude of return is found in Matthew 25:27 “Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with interest.”
If you learn the value of your temperament, your talent and your time you will understand what a disservice you do yourself by trading them in. I challenge you to see yourself through the eyes of your heavenly Father. Do not shackle yourself to past pains or trauma, or a self-imposed life sentence for past mistakes.
The most dangerous thing for people to do is allow their growth to be stunted by their own thoughts. As I provide guidance to people, I help them by encouraging them to realize that the power to their freedom lies in their own hearts. Sometimes we, as a people, have a tendency to beat ourselves up over and over again about things that we had little control over, or things that are ancient history. I want to urge you to transcend the mistakes of the past, free yourself and move on from those things that held you down.
Life alone can be very difficult, and there can be a seemingly never- ending mountain of troubles, but do not make it more difficult by gambling your resources away. Live the life that God has predestined for you, live audaciously in the comfort that you have weighed all your options, made the best choices, and wait to reap the benefits. According to Ephesians 3:20, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” Live beyond your dreams!