It’s my birthday! I’m so grateful to be able to see 22, it really is a blessing. The older I get, the more I am reminded of just how short and unpredictable life is.
Anyone reading this blog post today should be celebrating with me because you too have the precious gift of life. God chose to wake us up today, so what are we doing with that gift? Today, on my 22nd birthday, I want to talk about investment.
Sometimes we tend to associate the idea of investing with finances only. Or we think that it is something that young people need not concern themselves with because of the fallacy that the youth have forever in front of them to live their lives. But I believe this mentality is shortsighted and false. Not only does it blatantly take life for granted but it is a waste of our very limited years on this earth. There is so much work to be done and we need to be thinking about our daily investments now.
Making good investment choices at whatever age, be it 16, 22 or 59, is so important! Three particular sections from the Bible come to mind immediately:
1. The Proverbs 31 Woman — The virtuous woman described in this chapter is clearly an investor. She makes fantastic investment choices that benefit both her and her family. She buys land and makes profit. She gives to the needy and she is resourceful with her hands. Basically she’s the ultimate #GirlBoss!
“She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.” — Proverbs 31:13-18
2. Diversifying Investments — Ecclesiastes 11 talks about making investments but also the importance of diversifying our investments. Sometimes it’s not best to put all your eggs in one basket because you don’t always know what will succeed. Being well-rounded and having multiple fruitful investments is wise.
“Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return. Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.” — Ecclesiastes 11:1-2
“Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.” — Ecclesiastes 11:6
3. A little sleep, a little slumber — The following verses are a necessary reminder that it is possible to literally sleep your life away. Laziness leads to poverty and oversleeping is a terrible way to “invest” your time. Plan and prioritise your time, the Bible also says that there is a time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8).
“How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.” — Proverbs 6:9-11
Ultimately, the Bible makes it very clear that investment is key to leading a good life on earth. How you spend your time and money will determine your future.
Personally, I’ve invested a lot into myself over the last year. Investing in myself has helped me to be a blessing onto others. For example, through honing my skills and learning new things (I told you investment isn’t necessarily always financial, although that can be a byproduct as you will see from my following examples). I started this blog, which I invest a lot of time and energy into because I see it as a resource that will one day bring me both tangible and intangible returns. I finally started my driving lessons, so I can be more independent and also a blessing onto others. My latest investment venture is my YouTube channel which officially launched yesterday if you did not know (watch my newest video here and don’t forget to subscribe!).
The point is, life is a gift and your purpose on this earth is not to be wasted. You have to find out what you’re putting your time and effort into and closely evaluate: is this a good investment? Who does this benefit and how?
I want to be able to say that I invested wisely for my future, even in my youth. Don’t wait until it’s “too late” to start thinking about your investments. Ask yourself: Do you need to start saving your money? Invest in a property or business? Start a business? Learn new skills? Quit your day job to focus on your calling in life? Spend more time with loved ones? Develop/deepen your relationship with God? Sleep less and do more? Or something else!
Whatever your answers to the above, I encourage us all to continuously pray over our current life choices and going forward, research and invest well! The time is now.
God bless you!
All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. — Proverbs 14:23