Do we sometimes feel as if we’re spiraling out of control, accomplishing little and left feeling as if the weight of the world is on our shoulders? If so, why? Could it be that some of us are not living the lives God wants us to?
A recent study found that “People who were the least conscientious were 50 per cent more likely to die at any given age than those who scored highly (on being conscientious).” What is meant by conscientious? It involves, among other things, setting goals, achieving those goals, living an “orderly life” and “contribut(ing) to society.” “Co-author (of the study) Margaret Kern told New Scientist magazine: 'These individuals are hardworking, resourceful, confident and ambitious.'”
Dr Howard Friedman, of the University of California said: “Highly conscientious people live on average two to four years longer.” (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1079883/Want-long-life-The-secret-working-hard-conscientious-study-finds.html)
It’s difficult for some people who work at home to be conscientious. We have distractions—the phone ringing, the internet and the false idea we’ll have plenty of time later. After all, we have all day, don’t we? But before we know it, the day is gone and very little has been accomplished. My mother taught me to never put anything off. Get it done and out of the way. You’ve heard it, I’m sure: Plan your work, work your plan. Unfortunately, I don’t always do what I’ve been taught.
The Bible teaches: Look therefore carefully how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise; redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17
Do these verses not mean to be conscientious, to work hard and live orderly lives and to plan our work and work our plan? And by doing these things, we may just increase our life span!
Now I need to redeem my time so if you’ll excuse me . . . .