Penny-wise, pound-foolish

“Penny-wise and pound-foolish,” the old saying goes.  Too often, we focus on little things and miss the big picture.  We’ll drive 15km and back (that’s 30km) to save a dollar on groceries, forgetting the costs of driving (petrol, maintenance, etc) that far outweigh the savings.  We’ll compare prices to save twenty cents on peanut butter, then come home tired and order takeaway, instead of cooking dinner, and blow twenty dollars!

This applies to all areas of our lives, not only to money.  The “pennies” and the “pounds” in our lives are both important.  But the answer is to focus on the big picture first … to put first things first.  Ask yourself, “What are the most important things in my life?” … Things like my relationships with my partner, my children, my friends and my neighbours … Focus on getting these things right before fiddling with the routine stuff …

“For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”  (Matthew 6:32-33)

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