Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Waste not, want not. Thomas Hardy
Don’t water your weeds. Harvey McKay
Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. Auguste Rodin
We have too much waste in our lives. We waste time, money, opportunities, abilities and more. If we received a report card at the end of our life on how efficiently we were with our resources, we would likely be ashamed. Converting some of our waste into productive activities could make a huge difference for each of us.
We complain about the lack of time available to do necessary things as well as for the fun things. We wish we had more hours to get things done. Many are guilty of wasting too much time in non-productive activities; such as too much television? Some families collectively spend fifty to one hundred hours per week in front of a TV set. All of us need to spend some time on activities that are good for us. More time for family, exercising, hobbies, reading and other such things would greatly benefit us.
Who does not complain about a lack of money? How many of us buy things we do not need? How much have we spent on the things which sit idle in our closets, garages, or attics? We admonish our kids for spending their allowance on frivolous things, are we any better? We worry about having enough money available to have an adequate retirement. Many wise men throughout the ages have told us if we learned to save ten percent of everything we ever make; we would be wealthy in our senior years. Do we waste at least ten percent of the dollars we make? Many of us do. If we converted just some of our wasted dollars into savings and investments, what could this do for our lives?
Sustainable and continued progress in our lives comes from small, incremental and methodical steps. Converting wasteful aspects of our lives into increased efficiencies will make a big difference in the quality of our lives. More time to get things done; quality time with friends and loved ones, more time to improve and enrich ourselves, more time to recreate; improved finances; all these are desirable things to strive for. Less wasted dollars on impulse buying, better decision making, more discipline; are things we can do to reduce wasteful spending. We should be more aware of waste and be on a watchful alert for ways to reduce it. All these ‘so-called’ little things will add up to make huge differences.
Challenge: Inch by inch is the best way to make progress. Look for ways to reduce waste. Make better decisions on how you spend your money. Learn to say no to yourself. Get out of debt. Look for wasted hours, finding an extra thirty minutes per day can be very worthwhile. Where else can you reduce waste and turn that into improve efficiencies? Follow through on this. You will improve the quality of your life in the process.
Wisdom: Feeling sorry for yourself, and you present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have. Dale Carnegie
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6
Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Matthew 6:8
The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17
Most of us are much better off that we realize. We are blessed in many ways. We spend too much time complaining and do not express our thanks and gratitude for what we have. The Bible tells us that gratitude goes a long way. Being stingy and selfish will cost us. Those that live by faith, are generous, kind, and do not spend their time in worrying, complaining, and envying. They are more likely to find unexpected blessing in their lives.
Prayer: Thank you for the many blessings in my life. Help me to be more appreciative and to be less wasteful.