From the Present

Some spend too much of their time and energy in meaningless arguments over senseless issues. 

Stay away from the mindless, pointless quarreling over genealogies and fine print in the law code. That gets you nowhere. Warn a quarrelsome person once or twice, but then be done with him (Titus 3:9-10).

A lot of us utilize hours of our day on Facebook, Twitter, surfing the net, texting, sharing photos of what we eat, making videos, etc. turning our “de-vices” into a “vice” in and of themselves.

Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork (Ephesians 5:11).

Many singles are hanging onto a relationship which separates them from God, is not pleasing to him or is not a part of his plan. One cause of Solomon’s ultimate demise was the result of taking foreign wives whom he allowed and fostered to worship other gods.

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14).

A popular and disturbing reality television show, Hoarders, showcase the lifestyle of those who cannot throw anything away and end up living in and amongst rooms full of trash and decaying debris they regard as treasures and keepsakes.

Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or worse! (Matthew 6:19)

From the Future

“Worrying” about the future is a major “waster” of our time, energy and emotion. We can spend hundreds of hours considering countless “scenarios” of what “may happen,” while we don’t have the energy to actually deal with what is.

Paraphrased from the book, The Noticer, by acclaimed author and speaker Andy Andrews: “Forty percent of the stuff you worry about doesn’t happen, thirty percent has already happened, twelve percent are needless worries, ten percent are about what other people think and won’t change, leaving eight percent for legitimate concerns, which can be dealt with if we didn’t use most of our time with useless worries.”

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:34).

In April of 2003, Aron Ralston was climbing in Utah’s Blue John Canyon when an 800-pound boulder in a slot canyon he was descending shifted and crushed his right hand and forearm. Trapped with no conceivable method of escaping, Aron contemplated life and his impending death. 

After five days with no rescue in sight, he determined there was only one possible alternative to dying in that canyon—amputate his arm, rappel down a 65-foot sheer wall and hike 8 miles back to his vehicle.

When asked how he finally decided to cut his arm off, he said, “I realized that this was the result of decisions that I had made. I chose to go out there by myself. I chose not to tell anyone where I was going. I chose not to go with others I had met. I took responsibility for all of my decisions, which helped me take on the responsibility of getting myself out.”

By God’s grace none of us will find ourselves Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Ralston’s book describing the accounts of his experience), but some of us may feel stuck—in a place we can’t get out of or tempted to blame others for our predicament.