Don’t Squander Your Precious Life!

In “Your Money or Your Life,” I read, “Money = Life Energy.” We established the actual cost in time and money required for our job. And we computed our “real hourly wage.”

We add to our hours worked the time for:

  • Commuting
  • Dressing/Haircuts
  • Buying clothes worn only at work
  • Lunches out
  • Meals eating out while networking
  • Club memberships
  • Decompressing after work
  • Escape entertainment
  • Daycare
  • Housekeeper
  • Lawn mowing service
  • Vacations
  • Job-related illness – induced by stress or a reason to take off work
  • Educational programs
  • Books
  • Tools
  • Conferences

This is our actual hours.

We subtracted the expenses for the above from our pay, prorating some items. (Divide the cost of a yearly vacation by 52.) Then we divide the balance by the actual hours worked. This is our “real wage.”

If your “real wage” is $4, then you work fifteen minutes to earn a dollar. We look at the price of an item in hours worked, not dollars. Ask children, “Would you rather have this toy or 2 hours playing with your dad?”

Proverbs 8:33, 34, “Mark a life of discipline and live wisely; don’t squander your precious life. Blessed the man, blessed the woman, who listens to me, awake and ready for me each morning, alert and responsive as I start my day’s work.” The Message

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Proverbs 5:23, “Death is the reward of an undisciplined life; your foolish decisions trap you in a dead-end.” The Message

The Wisdom of Proverbs is calling out!

Proverbs 7:1, 2, “Do what I say and you will live well. My teaching is as precious as eyesight – guard it!” The Message

We would never let someone gouge our eye out. Don’t let anyone gouge you anywhere else.

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