Several weeks ago the water suddenly stopped flowing through our shower head. We were forced to take baths in the time it took for my husband to buy and fix a new shower head. I remember thinking;
“What an inconvenience. A shower takes five minutes in the morning when I wake at 5.30am for work. A bath will mean waking up even earlier”.
I also complained a little which at the time made me feel better but did not solve the issue at hand.
I am sure you can think of numerous times in which you have been inconvenienced. It brings you out of an area of comfort and may mean putting the needs of others before yourself. It may mean doing the very thing you have been trying to avoid due to fear, lack of time and other challenges.
Often we need to endure for a time in order to reap later. Think of the writer or director who finally finishes their book or box office film. It took years for then to arrive at that point. They worked long hours, probably declined social engagements and spent a lot of time away from family members. Think of the parent who is tired after a long day at work and their child is updating them on the most trivial aspects of their day. They listen because they care and want to have a close relationship with their child.
The evangelist Joyce Meyer quoted;
“People often want what others have, but are not prepared to do what they did to get it.”
For those of you with dreams and visions, putting plans into place now will mean you are more likely to succeed. Making the sacrifices now will pay off later. Naturally, it is easier to do what fits into our lifestyle, to do what does not require us to reduce our sleep/social time. Living such a life will only bring mediocrity. Change is required in order for us to progress – it may be a slight change or a major upheaval.
What sacrifices are you making now for later gain?
Perhaps your sacrifices are a life long commitment.