Where’s Your Investment?

Where’s Your Investment?

Investing is an interesting concept. Most associate investing with finances but the truth is there are many ways that we can invest that don’t involve money at all.

Jesus did it all the time. He invested in others. He spent His time committed to meeting others where they were, encouraging them when He could and correcting them when He should. What about you…what are you investing in, or more importantly, WHO are you investing in?

At times we need to invest in ourselves, committing time to improve skills, gain knowledge or take care of our health. Other times, we need to invest in our faith by spending more of our time in God’s Word or taking or teaching a Bible study. All of those things are important and good. But what about investing in others? There’s the old saying, “People don’t care what you know until they know you care.” It’s true. Until and unless we take the time, like Jesus did, to care about others and what they care about, they don’t want to hear about how faith would help them in their struggles, they don’t want to hear how their life choices aren’t aligning with their faith, and they don’t want to hear pretty much anything else you want to share.

So if that’s the case then why don’t we spend more time investing in each other?

Our culture has become so good at being busy with technology that we no longer feel the need to connect at a deeper level and as a result we are missing out on the relationships we used to have and the foundation that used to exist that allowed for closer intimacy with others.

So what’s the solution? It’s deciding to make a choice to put aside our busyness, our technology and our distractions, and actually having conversations with others, meeting with them in person and sharing in their interests until the relationship grows and we choose to share our hearts with one another. It’s being close enough with a few special people in our lives that we feel not only comfortable enough but compelled to call them out on behavior that doesn’t align with the values and morals they say they have. Jesus modeled this for us over and over. He invested in the Disciples and others as they shared meals, laughed together, worked together, taught together and at times, challenged one another. Jesus loved them enough to correct them and did so with love and grace. That’s what investing in others looks like and what is so lacking in our world today.

So a few questions for you and I guess a challenge for all of us as well.

  • Have you been investing in your time with God? Do you spend daily time in His Word or more time playing games on your phone and checking the latest status updates, tweets or Instagram photos? Commit to investing in growing your relationship with God.
  • Who do you know that could use a good friend to come alongside them and walk with them through a challenging time? Invest the time to show you care and are willing to walk with them through whatever they may be facing.
  • Who do you know needs to hear about God’s grace and love and the difference faith in Him can make in their lives? Invest in committing to share the Good News with someone you already have a strong relationship with and whether it’s to make them more aware of the gift God has for them or it’s to lovingly come alongside them and encourage a change in behavior that more closely aligns with how Scripture says we as Christ followers are to behave, invest in that person and in their future today.

Know this:  your investment in others today will come back tenfold in yours and others’ tomorrows and will have a greater impact than anything else you choose to do.

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Tina Dorward About Tina Dorward

Tina Dorward is a fully-devoted follower of Christ who loves spending time with her husband and two sons and volunteering at her local church. In her free time she reads, writes, paints and cooks.

Comments

  1. You post is timely for me in that I plan to offer a Bible study for the ladies in my new neighborhood association. Don’t know who will come, but do know I want to invest my time and love in this way! Thanks for the encouragement.

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  2. Tina Dorward says:

    Thanks Jude! I’m sure you will be a blessing to them and I will pray for God to use your mightily in their lives!

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  3. Janet K Brown says:

    Thought provoking post Thanks, Tina. Busyness strikes us all. It takes continual “praying through” to touch the Lord, so that our lives change.

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  4. Yes, yes, yes! I want to invest in far more than my 401K!

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  5. Tina Dorward says:

    Thanks Janet. Prayer sure does seem to be the right answer for pretty much everything we face doesn’t it?!

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  6. Tina Dorward says:

    Thanks Linda! And with God you can and you will!

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