“Freely you have received; freely give.” – Matthew 10:8
Charles Francis Adams, the 19th century political figure and diplomat, kept a diary. One day he entered: “Went fishing with my son today – a day wasted.” His son, Brook Adams, also kept a diary, which is still in existence. On that same day, Brook Adams made this entry: “Went fishing with my father – the most wonderful day of my life!”
It’s amazing how two people can see the same thing, yet not see the same thing. Charles Adams saw his day spent fishing as a wasted day – a day when he could’ve been much more “productive” had he been working. Yet his son saw the time investment as meaningful and loving. What a tragic difference in perspectives.
The only way to tell the difference between wasting and investing is to know one’s ultimate purpose in life. For some, time spent praying and reading the Bible is time wasted, when so much more could be done.
Yet for those with the right perspective, it’s time with their Heavenly Father, who longs for them to invest their time with Him. So have the right perspective. Spend your time building your relationship with God. It will be the best time you’ll ever invest!
Thank God for pouring out His grace in your life. And ask Him for the strength and opportunity to show that same spirit of generosity to others in need.
Questions for Thought
What are some ways you could give of yourself today on behalf of others?
Even if you’re unable to meet with them, are there people you could care for today through your prayers?