For the most part anything we do in life is an investment. We invest in our finances, education, homes, and our relationships with God and others.

But it’s so easy in the thick of things to look at our circumstances with a short term view. We fixate on the immediate while negating to see with perspective the long term view of things.

If we take a short-term view we can easily become discouraged at down turns or the hiccups along the way. We tend to become focused on the negative, our fears, and on what is going on in the immediate. This causes us to forget that life is actually a long-term investment strategy and it pays to stay focused on who and what is most important and our ultimate goals.

With God’s wisdom and help the longer we stay invested the smaller the likelihood we will lose out both in our finances, relationships and goals.

However even in the down turns and when things might not go to plan, if you view your life in the long term you’ll continue to learn and grow from every season and circumstance you go through. The key is to stay invested and not give up when things get tough.

Just as in our finances the golden rule of investing is to allow our investments sufficient time to achieve their potential, we too will benefit from giving adequate time and patience to allow our education, ventures, relationships and the call and purpose of God to be fulfilled in our lives. “It’s by faith and patience that we inherit the promises of God” (Hebrews 6:12).

Today be encouraged to take a long term view of life. That new fitness regime, budgeting plan, business venture, a relationship with your partner, children and family, and most of all the time you spend with Jesus will take investment of your time, finances, heart, mind and actions.

Don’t get discouraged by any down turns or uncomfortable challenging circumstances. Remember your goals, that God is with you and your life is not a short sprint but a long term investment into those things that truly matter.

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Prayer: Lord help me to see life with a long term view more. Please give me the wisdom to know where and when to make long term investments so that I will see the results of my time, prayer and efforts, and most of all to make the investment into my relationship with you. In Jesus name Amen.