“He blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased, and He did not let their herds diminish” (Psalm 107:38).
Several times over the years the Lord has spoke in my spirit to tell me: “You are at the point of diminishing returns.”
He was directing my attention toward an activity or involvement in something that once bore fruit. An activity that had–for a period of time–been beneficial to myself or someone else. Now, however, I was just going through the motions without any real return on my investment of time or energy.
We should always take stock of where we spend our time, energy, and money. What is the benefit we reap?
Who are we helping? What is being accomplished? Asking ourselves these hard and honest questions can enable us to determine if our time, effort, or financial investment might be used in better ways.
As people with illnesses and afflictions we need to spend our precious energy very wisely. When you are only able to do one or two activities a day, or even a week, you need to invest that precious energy in activities that will offer the optimum return on your investment, if not for yourself, then for others.
Going through the motions of routines or habits can lead us to waste hours and days of precious time and energy in ways that simply make no sense whatsoever.
Take stock of your life, look at what you invest yourself into, and decide if it is bringing you diminishing or perhaps no return at all on the time and energy being used.
Perhaps like me, you have very little energy or time to waste. Why not take stock of where you are spending that time and energy, and whether you are receiving diminishing returns on your investment?
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to spend our time and energy in ways that please You, that bless others, and that bring a great return for our investment. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter. He does not want to look back on his life and realize he wasted time and energy on things bringing diminishing returns.
Are you just going through the motions of old habits and practices? Why not take a long look and decide if you could better spend yourself in other activities?
I love this song! This is Third Day singing “Soul On Fire.” The lyrics talk of how we want our soul to be on fire again. You know that feeling when despite how the world spins around you, you feel you are in the center of God’s will? O, how we want to be in that place again! -Lisa