Where one spends their time and money, reveals their priorities. Are you neglecting an area of your life and wondering why things are the way they are? Perhaps it’s your health, relationships or finances. Time doesn’t change things; we change (in our thinking, attitude and behavior). One of my personal favorite poems is etched on wood and is on my mantle in my living room:
"A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…. but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child."
In the chaos of LIFE, priorities can become misguided. Let me suggest you take time to remember, TCOY and every life matters. You can make a difference by what you focus on. In the picture below, can you find the smiling baby face? If you’re up for the challenge, there are also three lady bugs. When you find the baby’s face, stop and think of how many opportunities come our way every day to make a difference in the life of another person. Smile often and seize the day.
TCOY (Take Care of You) focuses on “total wellness: head, heart and body”. In order to have true wellness, you will need to keep things in balance. For example, a person may have a great workout routine OR spiritual leader OR financial wizard or expert in some arena, BUT if they fail to balance their time and efforts, issues will arise.
Money issues have a way of getting our attention. When is there ever “enough”? Before this recent recession, a family may have had an abundance of “things” but continued to strive for more. How many homes have two car garages in which only one vehicle fits in it because of all the “stuff” that has overflowed and must be stored there?
Below is a short note from my friend Rick Boxx at IntegrityResourceCenter. It’s another good reminder of how to TCOY.
|Priorities and Personal Peace
A magazine called "More" released a study that revealed that 65 percent of college-educated women aged 35-60 prefer to have more free time in their lives than making more money. 40 percent even said they would take a pay cut in exchange for more time flexibility!
Work/Life rhythm has obviously become more important to many women. Our work should be balanced with God’s priorities for our time, rather than chasing greater wealth. Pursuit of riches can be costly to our relationships and peace of mind.
Ecclesiastes 4:6 teaches, "Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind."
As you juggle the many demands on your time, don’t overlook the value of peace that comes from embracing God’s priorities. Love your family more than wealth.