What We Turn Away From

Monday, January 14, 2019

ChoicesWhen my children were much younger (and, for that matter, so was I) I tried to impress upon them that everything in life came at a cost. That cost was not only financial. In fact, more often than not the cost had nothing to do with money but was what is commonly referred to as opportunity cost.

We have 24 hours each day, but we can only spend each hour once. If we choose to spend an hour of that day watching TV our cost is not only that hour but everything else we may have spent that 60 minutes doing. So the point I tried to make to my kids was to choose wisely how they spent not only their money but their time, their energy, their passion.

The fifth stanza of Psalm 119 makes me think about opportunity cost. In it the psalmist asks God to “Incline my heart to Your testimonies and not to dishonest gain. Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, and revive me in Your ways.”

The things we choose to turn away from, the opportunities we leave on the table may not be evil or even poor choices. But if they are not the best choice that means we have missed the most valuable opportunity.

Our dearest resources are not unlimited, that is in part what makes them so valuable. As servants of the living God we ought to seek the best ways to use the gifts God has given us, our time, our money, or relationships. In so doing we not only enrich our own lives but those of others and we please our Heavenly Father.

This week I’ll be sharing from this portion of Psalms 119 during Midday Prayer Time, around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM.

Mon 01/14               Psalms 119:33 – 34
Tue 01/15                Psalms 119:35
Wed 01/16               Psalms 119:36 – 37
Thu 01/17                Psalms 119:38
Fri 01/18                  Psalms 119:39 – 40

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