I have been thinking about Investment a lot lately. Not monetary investment, but time investment, and my investment in people. Who/what do I invest my time, self, and resources in? Is what I am investing myself in worth it? Is it honoring to God and upholding His Kingdom’s purpose? Is it making a difference? Are my actions, my motives, my inspiration, my thoughts centered in Christ?
There are times in my life that I do a check of my life to make sure I am doing what I need to do. I guess now is one of those times. So, I began to count my blessings and think about what was important. Oh, what blessings I have been given. So very humbling!
In counting my blessings… yes I have stuff….and too much stuff in comparison to what I really need. But, the focus of my blessings count has been people this time. God has allowed me to encounter some amazing people over the years. Some who were only around for a short time, some who have stuck around for the long haul, some who came, left, and came around again, and some who are so very new I am still learning who they are and what is the purpose for them to be in my life. Not that we always know the purpose, but everyone leaves some type of impression on your life if they invest time in you and you in them. And sometime that investment is hard. Frustrations arise, there are misunderstandings, sometimes arguments, tears… but then there is laughter, adventure, laughter through tears, and love. All of it totally worth it in the end.
This morning I woke up with 1 Corinthians 13 on my mind. Mainly the 1st 7 verses kept playing through my head.
1 Corinthians 13:1-7 NASB
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
To invest in someone,…. whether it is time, myself, or resources…. is living out the Gospel. One way we love God is to love others. To serve others. To Encourage others. That is… if we are doing it with the correct motivation. My goal in the coming weeks, as I encounter the blessings in my life is to do my best to show this kind of love. Oh, it will be hard, especially when I get in the way… Therefore, if you see me, please hold me accountable on this fact. Am I showing love as I should in the ways I act and react as I invest all that God has allowed me to manage while on Earth.