Monday, June 10, 2013

Gaining a Long-Term Perspective




"Be careful to make a good improvement of precious time."~David Brainerd


   How often do we find ourselves caught up in a web of consequences that have negatively impacted our lives, simply because we did not make our prior decisions from a long-term perspective? 

In today's fast and furious day 'n' age we find ourselves often hustling & bustling about...and all too often making decisions in a split second....unfortunately without giving much thought to any future ramifications.

Let me give you some common examples of real-life short-term thinking . Most of them we've probably witnessed, or even made the mistake for ourselves:

-debt and overspending
-unhealthy eating or living habits
-living for excessive pleasure
-living selfishly 
-taking a 'microwave' approach to our child-raising 
-not making our marriage a priority
-cutting off a friendship without first trying to work out personal grievances
-cutting corners in our work places
-allowing our schedules to get filled with fruitless time wasters

The list could really go on and on...


I am not perfect in this area, but I can clearly recall how I used to live before I became a Christian...I lived selfishly, for the moment, carelessly, and never once thought that what I did back then would matter in the future!

Little did I know.

Years later and I am still growing & learning in this area. However, I can contend that I now take much more time to make a decision, in particular when I need to make any MAJOR life decision. 

In any major life decision, I have found by experience that it such a good use of my time to look for trusted counsel. From my favourite source of wisdom: the Bible, and also from close friends & mentors that I know will be quick to point out any 'blind spots' I may be overlooking.

"Oh, how precious is time, and how it pains me to see it slide away, while I do so little to any good purpose."~David Brainerd

Time is so limited. Even if we were to live to be a hundred years old, it wouldn't really be that long in the light of eternity. The Bible actually calls the length of our lives simply a 'vapor'. 






Many of us busy parents know this. Many of us busy working Mamas also know this. A day, a week, a month...all just seems to pass in the blink of an eye.

So, how can we really be sure that we are rightly investing our time?

Ephesians 5:15-16~
"Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil."

Seeking & applying wisdom. 

Asking from trusted counsel.

Keeping a long-term perspective!! 



***Note--> David Brainerd was an American missionary,who lived an exceptionally fruitful life,  even though he only lived to the age of 29. Read more about him at this site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Brainerd


15 comments:

  1. I like the way you put together the list of things that are affected by shorter term perspective. Before I read that, I was thinking, I live with a Long-Term Perspective. But now I am convicted. Hmmmmmm!

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    1. I hear yah! This post was written of a season of my own convictions growing...not always easy, but better to evaluate as we go.
      Thanks so much for stopping by Elise :)

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  2. I appreciate the Brainerd quote. He really was someone who used his life fully, ministering to Native Americans.
    I think you've done a good job of thinking through goals and common sins that keep us from those goals. And you are wise to make your decisions by trusting the Bible and Christian mentors.
    Bless you,
    Gail

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    1. We actually read about Brainerd in my one son's workbooks this past school year...yes, indeed: someone I sure admire.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts & stopping by :)

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  3. I'm with you - keeping a long term perspective! I'd have it no other way :).

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    1. Thanks Fawn! Glad you were able to stop by :)

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  4. So true. I know many folks who say, "If I don't do this right now, I'll lose the opportunity." My perspective has been that if you can't take time to pray about it and be willing to risk "losing out," then you're more interested in your own outcome than God's. Thanks for sharing a great post. (Visiting from Faith Filled Friday linkup.)

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  5. So true. I know many people who have the perspective, "If I don't seize this opportunity right now, I'll miss out." What they're really saying is I don't trust the process of praying and giving God a chance to direct me. I've learned the hard way in life about this when I was younger. Great blog post! (I tried leaving this comment twice and it wouldn't show up. I hope it doesn't show up twice later. Visiting from Faith Filled Friday linkup.)

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    1. Got your comments, and thanks so much for sharing. Thanks for your encouragement....so true, it really comes down to being willing to trust in a greater measure :)

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  6. It's so hard to own this, isn't it? Newest follower here! I was hoping that you'd pop on by my neck o' the blog woods and follow back!

    Have a lovely weekend!
    Sarah
    www.enjoyingtheepiphany.com

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    1. Thanks! & on to check out your blog :)

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  7. This is so true! While in some ways we should live fully in today, in a lot of ways we do need to have more of a grasp on long-term things, especially in those areas you mentioned, and especially when we're fulfilling our godly purposes and doing kingdom work!

    Thanks for linking up at Thriving Thursday :)

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting Crystal, and I'm enjoying your link-up!!

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  8. Oh how true that we often don't way the long term consequences of our actions. If we did, we would certainly live a bit differently, wouldn't we?

    I love your tips for having a long term perspective and especially the verse you used. It's so easy to get so involved in the world that we forget that this is NOT our home!

    Thanks for linking up today!

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    1. Agreed! Most times we seem to learn the way though, don't we?? Thanks so much for dropping by :)

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