It’s all about Perspective

Charles Francis Adams, the 19th century political figure and diplomat, kept a diary.

One day he entered: 

“Went fishing with my son today—a day wasted.”

His son, Brook Adams, also kept a diary. On that same day, Brook made THIS entry:

“Went fishing with my father—the most wonderful day of my life!”

Father and adult son fishing

It’s amazing how two people can see the same thing— yet not see the same thing.

Charles Adams saw his day spent fishing as a wasted day—a day when he could’ve been much more “productive” had he been working.

Father office work

Yet his son saw the time as meaningful and loving.

What a tragic difference in perspectives

The only way to tell the difference between wasting time and investing is to know ONE’S ULTIMATE PURPOSE IN LIFE.

For some, time spent praying and reading the Bible is time wasted, “when so much work could be done!”

But for those with the RIGHT AND TRUE PERSPECTIVE, it’s time well spent, with their Heavenly Father, who loves them deeply and longs for fellowship with them and for them to invest their time in Him.

Woman in prayer

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

— Joshua 1:8

“Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.”

— John 7:37

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

— 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

“Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.”

— Mark 1:35

“And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.”

Matthew 14:23

So have the right perspective. Spend your time building your relationship with God.

It will be the best time you’ll ever invest.

Prayer: Pray and ask God to give you a correct perspective with regard to your time.

The Lord is Near

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