Do You Squander Your Gifts?

By Linda Gilden

 …The younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. Luke 15:13 ESV

Recently my pastor preached from Luke 15 about the prodigal son who went to another country and squandered all the money his father had given him. When my pastor got to the word “squandered” it would not leave my mind.

That word sticks with you. The sound of it brings a certain picture to mind. When you say it, you use facial muscles that you didn’t know you had. And although the word is not used frequently, once it surfaces in your vocabulary, you find yourself using it throughout the day.

I discovered there are a number of things I tend to squander if I am not careful.

1)    Time. This culprit comes in the form of television, a cell phone, Facebook, a friend who tempts you away from work, and much more. If you enjoy these things, perhaps you could use one of them as a reward for completing a task.

2)    Energy. Protect your energy for the important things like family outings or time with friends. Exercising regularly boosts your energy level and stamina when you have to sit for long periods of time for work.

3)    Opportunity. This may seem to be a strange thing to squander. But opportunities abound for work, for building relationships, and for sharing your faith. Don’t miss them!

What does your day look like? Pay attention to things you are squandering. Make the most of your time. Use your resources wisely and you will be more productive.

Lord, help us to value our time. Show us how to use it wisely and in a way that will honor You.

Linda Gilden is a wordsmith who is intrigued by new words and tries not to squander her time looking for them. She and her family love living in the south. Linda is the mother of three children and three children-in-love and grandmother of six of the cutest children ever.  www.lindagilden.com.

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