We spend most of our waking hours investing our time, money, and talents in the hope of earning a return on these investments. It’s a risky business — never knowing whether we will win big or lose everything. The only certainty in investing our time, money, and talents is that something will change.
Over the past four months, I have been investing most of my free time writing. I enjoy it; it’s cathartic. Sometimes I sketch out a series of posts for this blog, and other times I struggle to write a single post. My Little Book of Big Ideas is filled with short stories, attempts at Haiku, themes, outlines, and verses to include in future posts. My goal for the year is to become more confident as a writer and to take risks that will get me closer to the ultimate goal of becoming a published author in the traditional sense. I’ve been told by one friend that I’m taking a big risk by writing about religion. Ever the teacher, I used that statement as a teachable moment. “I do not write about religion; I write about the goodness of God. I write about the power of partnerships. I write about every day life as seen through a spiritual lens.” This friend, I can only assume, has surely not read any of my posts. Another friend even said that I won’t make any money by only appealing to the Bible Thumpers of the world. Again, I affixed my glasses to the tip of my nose as I do when I’m attempting to lessen the amount of snark that will soon spew forth. I smiled slightly and said “Money is not my motive. Read a little about me on my home page. I want to win souls for Christ. That’s the battle I wake up to fight each day. That is my motive.” Another friend of mine said that I need to ignore the haters. That comment stunned me temporarily and quickened my heart–making me stop and think for a minute about what that actually means.
I truly hope that no one I know has invested any time in hatING me. What a waste of time! Expending that much energy hatING anyone or anything is pointless. What can one gain from investing time on the hatred of others? What is the return on years of hatING? More hate? I
can’t won’t tell you how to invest your time. It’s your choice — your free will determines what you will do.
You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. ~Matthew 10:22 (NIV)
If you take a few minutes to assess what hatING does to you, perhaps you will reconsider investing your time, money, and talents there and redirecting your efforts elsewhere.
What HatING Does
- Robs you of valuable time
- Destroys relationships
- Distracts you from important things
- Offers no return on your investment
- Has no effect on the one you hate
- Shrouds you in darkness
But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. ~1 John 2:11 (KJV)
Surely I know that we have all been wronged in some way. People say and do vile things to us that could warrant hatred. Watch the evening news for five minutes, and you will see hate illustrated in living color — hatred over political disagreements, hatred over perceived slights, hatred over love. Hate begets hate, and it leads us down a dark path — an unsafe path — marked with pain and suffering. Nothing good dwells there. If you’re already on that path, you know it well. You know this path leads to ruin.
But there’s always hope –hope that tomorrow will be different, hope that you will change your mind and your heart, hope that this season of hatred will soon expire. In order to do it, you must declare it today and begin rebuilding what has been destroyed. Invest in love.
What Loving Does
- Adds value to your time
- Builds relationships
- Attracts you to important things
- Guarantees a return on your investment
- Greatly impacts those you love
- Shrouds you in light
Spending time in the word of God, praying throughout the day, fellowshipping with like-minded people, surrounding myself with positive things, and sharing my journey with others through this blog are investments that I see a return on daily. Your encouragement, comments, reblogs, likes, and shares are the tangible evidence that my investments are paying off, and for that, I sincerely thank you.