The operational definition of resourcefulness is “making wise use of that which others would normally overlook or discard.” God promises to provide everything you need. (See Matthew 6:32–33.) You may miss His provision when you discard an item without considering other ways it could be used. A resourceful person will look for ways to repurpose items, especially when facing a difficulty or need. He also knows how to find the tools and information necessary to solve problems. As you learn to think creatively, you may be able to see other ways to utilize what you already have, maximizing the benefits of the possessions, abilities, and time that God has entrusted to you.
The opposite of resourcefulness is wastefulness. Wastefulness occurs when a person has a limited view of how an item, possession, or opportunity can be used. He discards belongings simply because they are broken or no longer look fresh and new. He will make new purchases instead of repairing or cleaning what he already owns. A wasteful person overlooks what he has and, as a result, allows his belongings to rot or rust while they sit unused. God has created each person with unique ideas and talents and given each one the energy and time to accomplish good works. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). Are you improving your skills and using your time wisely? Or are you neglecting the talents and abilities God has given you? Are you letting your energy go to waste and your time slip away? Giving God the first part of your day by meditating on Scripture and spending time in prayer will help guide you in how best to use your time. Are you “redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16)?
- Am I wisely using the possessions God has entrusted to me, or am I allowing them to go to waste?
- Do I see potential usefulness in items someone else is overlooking or discarding?
- Do I seek to find ways God may have provided for my needs through what I already have?
- When I am lacking a certain tool or item for a task, do I look for another object that might safely substitute to meet the need?
- Am I faithfully developing the talents and abilities God has given me?
- When facing a difficult situation, do I tend to give up, or do I ask God for a creative solution?
- Am I aware of the talents and skills of others who may be able to help me when I lack in those areas?
- Do I continually evaluate in order to discern whether or not God would have me keep trying or take the project in a different direction?
More About Resourcefulness
God enables me to:
Find what I need.
Use what I have.
Be a good steward.
Share with others.
Exercise my talents.
See value in objects, ideas, and people.
Repair what is broken.
Give away or sell the things I do not use.
Find ways to improve my situation.
Wisely use my time, talents, energy, and mind.
Resourcefulness in Scripture
Provisions for Building the Tabernacle
Revealed in Nature
Biblical Character Illustrated Curriculum
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