With my sophomore year starting next week, I figured I should probably get all my supplies together. Last year most of my homework was online and so, I figured I needed to buy my own computer. Every Sunday night at 11:59, last semester, I was running around like a crazy person finding someone with a computer to turn in my homework by midnight. The past few months I’ve been saving a little money and I decided I was going to buy one. Of course, you can’t just be naive like me and just think that as soon as you decide it’s all fairly easy from there, because it isn’t. A lady from my mom’s work offered to show me a few things including the difference between PCs and Macs. So I sat down with her and she’s telling me which is better in every area including battery, storage, Microsoft, etc. and is reminding me that either way, a laptop is an investment. By the time she was finished I had pretty much decided which one I wanted so I marched myself up to the store and bought one.
How many times do we get some bright idea and go for it without any patience or direction? It’s an impulse, so to speak. I had no idea about any of it and was more than happy to go hand my money over without knowing the slightest thing about my new investment. How often do we do this? Is it because I’m impatient? Excited? I don’t care?
When you are making investments throughout your life, whether it be an object like a laptop or a relationship, marriage, your career….sometimes you can’t jump into it head first. Feel around, see all of your options, look at your best fit, seek guidance and sometimes, you’ll just have to be patient.
But over all of those, asking God is number one. I know buying a laptop is a bad example when you could be dealing with a broken marriage or money troubles but it all fits into the same category to God. A decision needs to be made patiently after you know all that you need to about it and after seeking guidance from Him. [Tweet “God should be our first thought when making investments.”] We need to go to him, pray to him, read His word, talk, sit still. If we went to him first every time with patience, a willingness to listen…what would come out of that?
To make a decision or investment we need to ask God, seek guidance, have vision, be patient, feel around, and look at all our options.