As I get older, my time becomes more and more valuable. I know my days, and therefore my time, on this earth are numbered. I know that the time I have left on this earth is limited, limiting the time I have for accomplishments and spending time with my family. I also know that at this point I am on the downhill slope, meaning that most likely more than half my time on this earth is behind me.
I also know that the amount of energy I have is limited. I have been able to boost my energy level by changing my diet and exercising, but it’s still finite. Most days my energy bank is full, and I can make it through without any problems. Some days my energy bank is running on empty, and I have to make adjustments to make it through the day.
My energy has also become a valuable commodity and something that I have decided to spend carefully. Continuing to eat a healthy diet and to exercise almost daily is something I continue because it’s like earning interest on your investment. I might be spending some energy to do it, but it’s going to pay me back with more energy.
Just like the money I have in my pocket, I decided a long time ago that there are things I refuse to spend my energy on. I refuse to spend my energy on hate and anger directed at other people. Sometimes it’s a difficult thing to do, but I remind myself that it’s not worth it and what other people do is out of my control. It’s natural to want to defend ourselves when we’re being attacked. Often, the better course of action is to remove ourself from the situation than to spend our time and energy yelling back at someone that’s not even listening to us anyway.
Hate. It’s just an ugly word all the way around. Spending time and energy hating people is not a wise expenditure. I’d much rather spend my time on actions that are going to make a difference than on inaction that is just going to wear me out. The one thing we don’t hate enough is sin. We would be different people and live in a completely different world if we hated sin enough to steer clear of it.
With the idea of reaping what we sow; hate, and you most likely will receive hate in return. Love, and you most likely will receive love in return.
“BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.” Rom 12:20 NASB