CORE VALUES (REVISED)
Since I wrote my blog about Core Values on March 20th, I have been in a constant state of pondering mine. I have realized that one of them, Generosity, might be better represented by the word Investment.
My wife and I have always been very generous with our finances. We especially love supporting those that we are in relationship with to see them succeed (#3 Relational/#5 Empowering Others). We have given to missions, outreach programs and ministries we believe in. That is why I summarized this Core Value as Generosity.
The Lord has been speaking to me about making a switch from Generosity to Investing. The main difference is that Investing expects a return on investment, ie. Sowing and reaping. Investing is long term thinking, whereas Generosity can be spontaneous and then forgotten. Generosity is wonderful and still a big part of who I am. Yet the Lord is moving my heart toward more Long-Term thinking. This impacts every aspect of life. When I put food in my mouth, I am investing in my future, whether it be a fast-food cheeseburger which is rooted in short-term thinking or a wonderful salad which would be long-term thinking. Although the salad may sometimes cost more, the long-term health benefit will outweigh the immediate savings, ie. Heart transplants are expensive.
One of my mentors told me, "Buying quality only hurts you once." I love that saying and with the shift I have been going through, I have been living by this saying before I even heard it. For several years I have bought my dress shirts at Marshalls and Ross. Yet recently I have determined to buy only certain brands, even if I have to purchase them online where they are more affordable. I have grown tired of clothing that seems cost effective yet falls apart in an un-reasonably short period of time. Investing requires stepping out by faith and putting funds into something upfront, but in the long run you will be thankful for taking that step.
The one commodity that I hold as the highest is time. It is the UN-renewable resource. When I look at how I spend my time, ie. Building my relationships, studying, writing, etc. These are investing in wise long-term thinking. When I spend my time watching tv, movies, or doing other time wasting things, I am only thinking about short-term entertainment.You cannot go back and get what has been wasted. Money can be re-earned, relationships can be healed, but Time is ticking away, tick, tick, ticking away... (Yes, that is a subtle DC Talk reference, bravo if you noticed. Google it if you are too old or too young to recognize).
I guess I am just writing to say, Generosity is great, but an Investing mindset is better, broader, more strategic and long-term. I would encourage you to consider having an Investing mindset. Bless you!