I recently flew interstate for a work retreat. Packing my bag came with a few challenges.
To begin with I was leaving home at 10 degrees Celsius and arriving at my destination at 25 degrees Celsius. I was also leaving home very early in the morning so had to make sure everything was packed the night before as I wouldn’t be able to make too much noise when I was leaving.
But the most challenging part of the packing was fitting everything into a carry on bag that could only weigh 7 kilograms. Having done quite a bit of domestic travel in a previous job I had the perfect backpack but choosing its contents was the harder decision.
I had to be very selective and try to find items that complimented each other so I limited any unnecessary pieces of clothing. Needless to say there were numerous messages sent to my fashionable friend asking for suggestions.
While I was limited to 7 kilograms of luggage when flying I find that I have to make decisions due to limitations in my life all the time. I’m only limited to 24 hours in a day, I’m limited in being in only one place at a time, I’m limited with how much money I can spend. We all have limitations in our lives.
The challenge is making sure the decisions we are choosing within our limitations are beneficial to where we want to go in our lives.
If we want to progress further in our jobs then we make that a priority to our limited time and headspace. If we want to progress within a certain relationship then our limited time and money is spent towards that. Our priorities should govern the decisions we make.
However sometimes we let other priorities seep into our lives. Gambling, gossiping, being popular… and all of a sudden our limited time and resources begin flooding into these areas.
Jesus was very clear about the priorities He felt we should have – to love God and love others. If we want to follow His life then we need to make sure our limitations focus on these things.
It’s not always easy, and at times we get off track, but Jesus is always willing to offer grace and forgiveness and prompt us back into alignment with Him.
Lord, thank you for blessing me with the time, money and resources I have. May I use them wisely and productively according to Your purpose. Amen.
What are you spending your limited resources on?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.