Resourcefulness vs Wastefulness

This is WEEK 37 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!

“You cannot afford to wait for perfect conditions. Goal setting is often a matter of balancing timing against available resources. Opportunities are easily lost while waiting for perfect conditions.”
-Gary Ryan Blair

 “Do what you can with what you have, where you are.” –Theodore Roosevelt

Resourceful means:
1.Having the ability to find clever ways to overcome difficulties.

2.Having the necessary resources to adapt to different situations and effectively solve problems

Synonyms for Resourceful: capable, clever, inventive, quick-witted
Antonyms for Resourceful: dull, unprepared, wasteful, unimaginative

What the Bible Says About Being Resourceful:
2 Timothy 3: 16-17
  All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;  so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

Proverbs 31: 13 – 27 She looks for wool and flax And works with her hands in delight. She is like merchant ships; She brings her food from afar.
 She rises also while it is still night And gives food to her household And portions to her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; From her earnings she plants a vineyard.
 She girds herself with strength And makes her arms strong.  She senses that her gain is good; Her lamp does not go out at night. She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hands grasp the spindle. She extends her hand to the poor, And she stretches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household, For all her household are clothed with scarlet. She makes coverings for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple.  Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land.  She makes linen garments and sells them, And supplies belts to the tradesmen.  Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future.  She opens  her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue  She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.

Examples From The Bible:
The Israelites: (Exodus 35):
The people use their resources (goods taken when they left Egypt) and the skills given them by God to craft the tabernacle, the ark, and the furnishings of the tabernacle.
Gideon (Judges 7): 
used clay pots and trumpets
Samson (Judges 15:3-5;14-16):
used foxes, torches, donkey jawbone
Joseph (Genesis 41):
used abundance of 1st 7 years to prepare for 7 years of famine 

The Example Of Jesus To Us:
Fed the 5000 (John 6:12,13:
 “When they had all had enough to eat, He said to His disciples, ‘Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.’ So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten” 
Luke 16:10 – 12: 
He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.  Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you?  And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?

Personal Thoughts and Application:
 Being resourceful means that we utilize the readily available supplies, tools, and information sources that we have. 
With modern information technology at our fingertips, we have more resources for information and communication than ever before.  There really is no excuse for not improving our knowledge about being thrifty, efficient, organized and prepared.  We can be more like the Proverbs 31 woman and learn skills for managing our households and finances.  We can improve our resourcefulness by visiting websites where people are creative with using common everyday objects for other practical purposes. (See list of example sites in Additional Reading below).  I believe that God wants us to be good stewards of the resources He has given us and to find the best ways to use what we have for problem solving, for surviving and for blessing others.  He also wants us to utilize the resources of His Holy Spirit, His Word, and His People to further our spiritual understanding, our faith and our ability to be used by Him.

PRAYER FOR YOU:  May God provide you with the resources you most need, and the knowledge in how to best utilize those resources in your everyday life.  May you be a good steward of what you have and have the desire to learn how to be responsible, frugal, and resourceful.  May you not forget that your greatest resource is God and that He has given you His Holy Spirit to teach and minister to you.

Additional Reading:

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About Grace and Grit

As a Christian, to live the abundant life, we all need a lot of grace and grit... LIVING LIFE AND LUV'N God's Child, Wife, Mother, Physical Therapist, Fitness Enthusiast, Avid Book And Blog Reader, and fan of Lighthearted Humor and Fun “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

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