How are you occupying yourself?
Dictionary.com defines the word occupy as
1.to take or fill up (space, time, etc)
2. to engage or employ the mind, energy, or attention of
3.to be a resident or tenant of; dwell in
4.to take possession and control of (a place), as by military invasion.
5.to hold (a position, office, etc.).
Again I ask what is taking resident in your mind, filling your space, or consuming your time? As I thought about the word occupy, I was reminded of a parable Jesus told in Luke 19:11-27 about about a king issuing three of his servants a mina and telling them to occupy till he come before going away.
Same Stuff Different Results
Upon his return he found different levels of occupancy. The first servant indeed engaged in productive activity, which yielded the master more than what he had been given. The second servant took hold of what had been given him and added 5 additional minas. But the third servant only gave back one mina that had been issued to him.
Two things jumped out at me as I thought on this parable.
1. The servant which produce 10 additional minas and the servant that produce 5 additional minas received the exact same response from the king. He didn’t compare the second servant’s results with the first servants. Instead he congratulated their success and gave them responsibilities in accordance with their level of proven ability.
2. Although, the third servant didn’t produce any additional minas, he had in fact been occupied like the other two servants. Except he was occupied with the wrong thing—fear.
Sadly I could easily identify with that third servant. All too often I have allowed my preoccupation with fear to rob me of productive pursuits.