Point of Diminishing Returns

A man walked in to a Topeka, Kansas Kwik Shop, and asked for all the money in the cash drawer. Apparently, the take was too small, so he tied up the store clerk and worked the counter himself for three hours until police showed up and arrested him.

It seems some people just don’t know when to stop. But knowing when to leave well enough alone is an important skill to gain if we want to be effective for God. In Jesus day the Pharisees were known to be an exacting people, going to great lengths to keep the letter of the law. The problem was they went to extremes beyond the law and created many unscriptural burdens and rituals which they imposed on others.

Household chores such as dusting or cleaning the garage can also be done to extremes and can waste our time. Every activity has a point of diminishing returns. Discerning where that point is will help us redeem the time.

Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.

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