“Many people take no care of their money till they come to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.” (Goethe) – as seen on the Jack’s Winning Words blog.
Concerns about both money and the time that is left in life tend to grow as I get older. I certainly don’t want to run out of either too early. For the young, life seems to stretch before them with no end in sight and money may be something that they think they can always get more of as they need it. For many (if not most) of the elderly, time becomes the most important thing, but concerns about money constantly loom, since most no longer have the ability to get more, if needed. Running out of money, however, doesn’t carry quite the drastic consequences as does running out of time. Both should be spent wisely.
One reads stories all the time about young lives cut short, many times due to poor decisions about drugs, alcohol or things like the use of cell phones while driving. I’m sure that all of those younger people thought that they had all of the time in the world ahead of them. None of them had time to stop and think about what they had done with their lives or how they might change things, if they had the chance. I have seen stories about near-death experiences that changed the lives of those who experienced them. Many emerge from such experiences with a resolve to make an effort to do something worthwhile with the remainder of their lives.
As we get older we tend to think about things like what our life’s purpose is more often and the resolve to change or do better gets stronger in most. Interestingly, the accumulation of more money begins to take a back seat to finding and acting on one’s life purpose as we age. Some have the wherewithal to use the money that they’ve managed to accumulate to further that purpose. I admire Bill Gates for having made that choice.
For most of us, the concerns about money and time will balance out and hopefully, if we take care of both, we will have just enough of both to live a good and productive life. It’s OK to pray for enough money to live on, especially if you also pray that God will help you do the right things with the bounty that He provides. As the Vulcan’s used to say on Star Trek – “Live long and prosper.”