“Jesus looked at him and loved him. ‘One thing you lack,’ he said. ‘Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’ At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.”

– Mark 10:21,22

With so many competing distractions in today’s society, it is one of the easiest times in history to waste your life. Today, I’m going to share the fourth way to succeed and bloom where you are planted: Don’t waste your life! I remember my grandma growing up on a farm, and I thought, what a wonderful life she must have had. No! She said a farm is boring. Yet, boring places are excellent incubators for creativity of all types. Whenever you’re bored, you stare off into a beautiful place, and then you start cooking up things that wouldn’t happen if you’re on Instagram and YouTube, or watching Netflix or football. I enjoy all these things, but like anything good, you can easily overdo it. Today, boredom happens in seconds, not hours, and it’s easy to waste your life away.

The parable Jesus shares of the rich young ruler teaches us not to waste our lives. This young man has all the material goods in the world. Jesus urges him to become one of His 12 disciples with the understanding that he give away his possessions to the poor and follow him. Jesus’ request saddened the man because he lacked generosity. As a result, we only know him for being stingy rather than generous with his life. 

Friend, don’t waste your life. Use your free time to get the life you want rather than escape the life you have. Find and make time to do your inner work, and be generous when you can. God is ready to partner with you because he has an amazing plan for your life!


Father, help me utilize my time efficiently and improve myself.


In what ways do you express your generosity to others?

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