“…Don’t allow yourself to become an ‘idle asset,’ as they are the first to go when the going gets tough…”

Image result for deposit only slipDeposit Only! Ok…so what’s next? Do you just “deposit only?” Or, is there something required afterwards? Some of us are “deposit-only” kind of people.   The typical business meaning of this phrase is the act of making a deposit of money in the form of a check draft… and endorsing it as a “Deposit Only,” type of transaction. Then what comes next?

The bank credits the amount deposited to your specific checking account, and it sits there, idly… until it is used to pay a bill, etc. It is, now, an idle asset. The bank is holding your money in trust until you decide what to do with it next. Some of us are like idle bank deposits… We are just sitting there waiting for someone to tell us what to do next. We are in a holding pattern… sometimes doing only that which is absolutely necessary. We are “sitting on our careers,” waiting on something to happen…. we are an “idle asset.”

The nature of our business is such… that an idle asset is not intended to sit there long, as the “cost of money” is too expensive for it not to be working for the good of the company … at all times. There should not be idle amounts of money… just sitting in your cash/checking account…  than is actually necessary to meet your obligations for the immediate future.

Are you an idle asset? Are you a “deposit only” kind of employee?” If you, and your career… are in neutral, then you’re in big trouble. You are a wreck waiting to happen. Getting out of neutral is another topic, for another day, but “get-out-of-neutral” you MUST… or someone will do it for you.

Each of us have “stored-in-value” …which represents all of our skill-sets and capabilities.  When these values are left idle… it is the same thing as… not having value.  Case in point:   One may own a nice, exotic, and expensive car… but if it’s left in the garage, and NEVER driven… it will deteriorate… and lose its value.

Jesus warns us about idle words and undisciplined speech in… Matthew 12:36“But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the Day of Judgment for every empty word they have spoken.” We further told in… Ephesians 5:4 – “Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.”

In contrast, the Bible praises those who were known for their good works and service for the Kingdom of God. Euodia and Syntyche are praised by Paul for working hard at his side for the sake of the gospel, as told to us in… Philippians 4:2–3 – I urge Euodia and Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, my true yokefellow, to help these women who have labored with me for the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.…

Don’t allow yourself to become an ‘idle asset”…  as they are the first to go when the going gets tough.


About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.


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