Waste Nothing, Live Wisely

Long Day's Journey

This was one of the more interesting things I’ve read of late.

Parkinson’s law states that “work expands so as to fill the time available for it’s completion.” I’ve definitely found that to be true in my own life, and I think Cain makes a good point about how the law applies to finances, too.

More and more, I’m trying to waste nothing.  Waste no time. Waste no money. Waste no opportunity. Waste no resource.

I’m definitely a work in process, but it helps to put it all in the context of stewardship; which simply means that none of it is truly “mine” but it all belongs to the Lord and is on loan for me to use wisely and productively.

Back to the article…I think there’s something to be said for working smarter so that we don’t collapse at the end of the day. I don’t believe that burnout needs to be a given. Tony Schwartz’s Be Excellent at Anything is a great resource for thinking differently about how we work, manage energy, plan time, etc. There are a lot of other helpful resources out there, too.

So… some questions for you to think about today: how do you approach the time, money, resources, relationships, opportunities, etc. that you’ve been given? Do you steward them intentionally or just kind of let them happen?  Does your external drive most of your internal, or does your internal drive most of your external? Are you living on purpose or living on accident?

With God’s help, we can live lives that are “on mission” and fulfilling – not necessarily easy, but deeply satisfying because they are constantly connected to him and operating out of his joy. I pray that you and I live into this reality more and more each day.


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