Time, Energy, and Money

You have a few resources always at your disposal. These items are frustratingly limited: time, energy, and money.

At most, you can have two of these resources at a time. Sometimes you have just one, but very rarely do all three show up concurrently!

When you are young and fresh you have scads of energy and oodles of time. But no money. You save up in your piggy bank and think life will be better when you have money.

And then a few years passes and you get a job. What an exciting day! You’re working and that’s a good thing and you get a paycheck which puts your allowance to shame. You have some money and still a good amount of energy, but no time. You’re in the throes of careers and parenthood and time is your most limited resource. This is how I feel currently. Bemoaning the busyness of my schedule!

And then a few more years pass, and you likely have some money saved up and you enter this magical time called retirement where you suddenly have free time again… but no energy. Years in the work force and raising kids, and the anxieties of life have stolen your pep. And you think back over these resources in your life and realize the true greenness of grass on each side of the fence!

 

green grass plant

As I think about this common predicament, I long to live a balanced life with at least some of each resource because in many cases they are related. If I work overtime, I have more money, but less free time. If I sign up for a race, I have more energy (after training!), but less money (races are expensive) and less free time (because it takes a long time to run 10 miles!) If I take a vacation, I have unspoken-for time and renewed energy, but less money.

I long to live a balanced life and have a bit of each resource at my disposal. I do not want to be skewed or owned by any of them, but to use my time, energy, and money to the best of my ability wherever the Lord leads me. But how to do this still evades me… any tips?

What is your most limited resource currently?

 

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