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Investing in Yourself

Many experiences are common to us as humans because we all live life. At some point most of us have been overwhelmed with what is expected of us. Sometimes it is the intensity of the moment, when too many demands come at once. Sometimes it is the duration of pressures that just drag us down. Regardless of exactly what is going on around us, there are some principles that can help us be more effective.

  1. Organize. Each of us has a finite amount of time, money and energy. Deciding how best to use each of these resources can be challenging, but without proper planning frustration will almost certainly follow, whether regarding work, school, or even vacations! Scripture teaches us that God planned in advance (2 Tim. 1:9; 1 Pet. 1:20).

  2. Get help. No one person can do it all, nor should we try. When Moses was the sole caregiver to manage Israel’s problems (Ex. 18), Jethro wisely observed that Moses was doing it wrong resulting in two bad consequences - - one, the people were suffering because of Moses trying to do too much; two, Moses was suffering because the job was too big. He needed to get more people involved to help him. Many of the frustrations we have in life are caused by our personal attempts to do too much on our own. This is a common problem with church deacons. Find a way to share loads! Even the Lord chose twelve apostles.

  3. Refill your bucket. There is only so much you can pour out of a bucket before it is empty. The same is true of people. We can become emotionally empty, physically empty and even spiritually empty and need to be refilled. What is it that personally revitalizes you? Adequate food, rest, and time away from burdens are needed for continuing. Even in the midst of great demands on their time Jesus pulled the disciples away. “And He said to them, ‘Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.’ For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves.” (Mk. 6:31).

I have heard some preachers brag about never taking vacations. I feel sorry for them in their misguided vanity and even more sorry for their deprived families! Everyone knows the importance of sharpening a knife or ax, likewise renew your own edge to do your job better. EVERYBODY needs time off to recharge, refocus, resharpen and re-engage.

Plan ahead, share the load, and invest in yourself to live your best life.

-Tim Orbison


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