A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them. “Not very long,” answered the Mexican.
“But then why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the American. The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.
The American asked, “Why what do you do with the rest of your time?”
“I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar and sing a few songs. I have a full life.”
The American interrupted, “I have an MBA from Harvard, and I can help you. You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the revenue, you can buy a bigger boat. With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second on and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of sell your fish to a middleman, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant.”
“You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there, you can direct your huge enterprise.”
“How long would that take?” asked the Mexican.
“Twenty, perhaps, twenty-five years,” replied the American.
“And after that?” asked the fisherman.
“Afterwards? That’s when it gets really interesting,” answered the American, laughing, “When your business gets really big, you can go public, start selling stocks and make millions!”
“Millions? Really? And after that?” asked the fisherman.
“After that you’ll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your grandchildren, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife, and spend your evenings drinking and playing the guitar with your friends!”
Hi all! Rachel here!
That was a small story/article that I read in a book I am going through for a Bible study group I’m in.
That first part of the section I was reading was talking a lot about priorities, and what those priorities are for us through our day to day life.
“There are 168 hours in a week. How we spend or invest those hours reflects what is really important to us.”
Reading this in the chapter really stuck out to me, and really just made me consider this and rethink what is REALLY important to me, and what I invest my time in. Some of the things I may spend my time doing may not be bad things, but how much time am I seriously investing in these certain things, and SHOULD these things be what I am investing my time in?
This, naturally, brought me to the topic of social media, and the time I spend on it.
Yes, some of us use social media a good deal with the work we are doing. I know especially in ministry, social media is a HUGE way to get people connected in what you’re doing. I’m not talking about time spent on social media in a connecting way, I’m talking about when social media becomes a distraction.
I’m not going to go much further with this, because I’m not here to judge or tell you that you should spend less time on social media or anything like that, because I, myself, have a big habit of becoming distracted with it.
All I’m here to share is that I have been challenging myself to limit my time on it. Right now it’s coming down to just deleting the app unless I need to post/share something for ministry or anything like that. Deleting the app on my phone so I’m not tempted to just scroll momentarily, then end up looking at the clock and realizing I’ve been scrolling for far too long.
I’m not saying scrolling and seeing what’s up is a horrible thing either, I just know for me, I get so easily distracted, and it’s something I have a problem with.
All of this is to say that, maybe you’re like me and find yourself wasting time and being distracted by social media. If that’s the case, maybe it just means taking a break from social media for a while, deleting a few social media apps so you’re not tempted, and just refocusing your priorities.
After reading the words in the section and story above from the book I’m going through, it just really stood out to my about how I’m spending my time, especially my down time.
I hope this encouraged you and maybe even challenged you! This is just something I can struggle with and I’m sharing this as a way to challenge myself!
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For now, here are just a few pictures from a Cultural Dinner we had at Reaping The Harvest Ministries, two Saturday’s ago!!
So thankful for a wonderful evening, food, and even better company!
A few things coming up that you could be praying for:
This coming Saturday (the 16th), RTHM will be teaming up with Abundant Life Community Church (the church we attend in North Royalton), and we will be having an outreach day! We will be working with ALCC and making some soup and sandwiches at the church, then heading down with groups from ALCC to the RTHM building. There we will be distributing the food to the community.
We are SO EXCITED to be doing this and so happy to have ALCC and RTHM connecting and working together! We cannot wait to see how God will work! Prayers much appreciated!!
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