A wise man once said that people will invest their money in things that bring value to their lives. I find this statement to be true. I also believe this to be true of other valuable resources like time and energy. People that find value in their church for instance, not only invest their money through tithes and offerings, but in many cases will offer their talents and skills. A client, who just happens to have done some cleaning as a side job, recently offered this to the church. Why? The value the church brings to her life is such that she wanted to give back and this is a way she can.
Want to see another investment of time on Sundays (not related to church), go to the home of any fan of the NFL. They are not hard to find, we’re everywhere. On any given Sunday, millions of football fans invest about three hours, sometimes more, in the NFL. That’s three hours they won’t ever get back. Why? Because they perceive (okay, we perceive) a value to their lives in the form of entertainment.
You can actually take this a few steps further with television and the internet. On average, Americans spend about 5 hours a day in front of the tv or surfing the web. No, that’s not a typo. 5 HOURS!! Why? Perceived value.
Ask a golfer how much time they invest in their swing, putting, stretching, etc. If you want to be good at it and not just a hacker, it’s both a heavy time and financial investment. Why? Again, perceived value.
So let me ask a hard question. Are you one of those people that doesn’t have the time to exercise? That’s like saying, you don’t have the money to put in the offering plate this week. Okay, maybe you don’t have as much as you would like, because times are tough and the economy has been up and down. I get it. But you can give something right? Why not with exercise? You can’t find any time or energy to invest in your health? Where is the perceived value here?
Your body is an amazing gift from God. It’s an elegantly designed machine that God has entrusted to you, not some random accident of nature. Unfortunately, most people can’t see the value in it. I’m really not trying to be preachy here. Just sharing some thoughts that I have had to go through myself on occasion when I’m in a time crunch. Just know that your health and your well-being are a worthy investment.