Investing our Time

“‘Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’”- Matthew 6:19-21 NKJV

I am in a different season of life than many of you, but here’s something life experience has taught me: there are lessons to be learned in every season. I’d like to share with you what I’m learning.

I don’t need all the ‘things’ I thought I did. This has shown up in so many ways. I’m doing daily Facebook lives for another group, some of the same people show up every day. One friend sent a note, “I love seeing what you are wearing every day!” You know what, I counted, and in 19 days I’ve worn a handful of different tops. I never gave a thought to wearing a different top every day. I gravitate towards a few things that I enjoy wearing. I have a washing machine. I need to give away a lot of clothing. I cook with the same small set of my pans and it’s been no hardship at all to donate fabric and thread from my sewing supplies to the mask-making efforts in our community.

I enjoy simple pleasures. I love reading, writing and dabbling in watercolor paints. I like sitting on my deck in the sunshine and studying God’s word. I even like social distancing visits at my daughter’s, where no touching is allowed. We stand on the drive and my teenage grandsons, who are home for a change, join us. I do miss hugs.

God provided a mission for me during this time. I’m retired, no children in our home, and God knew that watching and reading the news was not in my best interest. So…he provided a thought, a push: Share that devotional you loved with others. It’s an older devotional. Out of copyright, so I can. And each day at noon I pour into the lives of others. I’m laying up real treasure there. God is harvesting right before my eyes!

I have no idea what God has asked you to invest your time in during this season. Maybe it’s homemade meals, or family games, or teaching your children. But God has a path of blessing for you, he always does. If you are feeling harried, or bored, or even afraid, ask God, “what is the path for me right now?” It doesn’t have to look big for God to create treasure from your effort. I show up for 15 minutes a day. God shows off with my investment. Plant those tiny seeds. Don’t worry about what you or your children are missing. Look for God in simple things. Invest where he guides. There are lessons and blessings hidden in this season and God longs to reveal them.


This post appeared first on the Balanced and a Beautiful in Christ Facebook group where I write regularly. Thanks to Jessie Courson for the lovely graphic.

Author: Loretta Gjeltema

Encouraging women to thrive as they engage with God's word.

2 thoughts on “Investing our Time”

  1. I love this! I’m glad that you were obedient to God’s leaning. Awesome job focusing on pouring into others!

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