We invest in the things we believe in. There is a parable in Scripture that calls this out:
"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field." - Matthew 13:44
Once the man set eyes on that treasure, he knew what he needed to do. Now, this is a bit of an extreme example, but the Kingdom of Heaven is kind of extreme. For most of us, we just need to recognize the value in ourselves and start making investments there.
This is a challenge for a lot of men.
Why it's Hard to Invest in Ourselves
A lot of men find it difficult to invest in themselves, though we will work our butts off for an employer or for someone else in need.
I think this has to do with our calling: to use our strength in the benefit of others. If you're a man reading this, that likely resonates with you. We find our fulfillment in working towards that which we find valuable. We also want to be found useful and competent in this world. That's more evident when others are involved. We can see the fruits of our efforts.
It's harder to see the fruits of our efforts when we are the beneficiary.
Investing in You is a Way to Help Others
If you struggle with the notion of taking time for yourself or spending money on yourself, it may help to recognize that you being a better man is one of the best ways you can help others. Here are some of the benefits others receive when you invest in yourself:
- You have more knowledge and have better solutions
- You live longer
- You encourage others to invest in themselves by example
- You have more energy to give
- You have less time - Because you're using some of it for yourself, you are particular about the things you say "yes" to for others. That means you are only selecting the things that are truly important and where you are needed most.
Much of our growth as men is recognizing where we lean too much in one area and strengthening the areas we are weak. Don't be afraid to invest in yourself. You are worth it, and others will benefit.