Sacrificing is a good thing.

I know. I heard the collective groan from within the four walls of my house first. However, no matter how badly we want what we want or how eloquently we state our arguments, getting everything on our wish list is not in our best interests. After all, nobody wants to hang out with a spoiled, entitled brat. (Not to mention the logical reality that I can’t eat all the ice cream every day and still fit into those skinny jeans without a muffin top.)

The fact remains that our household only earned a certain amount money this month. And there are only so many hours in the day. These are finite quantities and therefore I have to prioritize where to spend my minutes and dollars…and where I won’t. Stewardship not only reveals my personal values, but also inevitably requires me to cut something else out simply because there isn’t enough to go around.

My husband’s new coaching job with a longer commute means a higher fuel budget…and less in the out-to-eat category.

Watching my youngest son’s cross country race means time away from home. And the start times and traveling distances mean eating out instead of a home cooked meal. Which also equals higher food expenses and (usually) more calories.

Working from home eliminates my commute time and wardrobe budget…but since I’m working, I’ve also got less time for housekeeping tasks. Which means I need to hire someone to help out, delegate to the other busy family members, or choose to ignore the dust bunnies living under the couch and beds. See our services, which help you to keep the house spotless and clean.

Carving out additional time to write equals less television or reading time.

Reading more books in my genre for research cuts into my writing time.

In order to “fund” one activity with money or time, sacrifices must be made.

But sometimes we sacrifice our comfort in order to pursue something better…and end up flexing our self-discipline muscles and growing our character in the process.

Instead of hitting the snooze button on the alarm, I get up and start chipping away at the day’s word count. Which leads to finished manuscripts, more published books, and income.

Instead of lounging on the couch binge-watching old episodes of Survivor, I lace up the shoes and embrace the pain (and sweat) of exercise. Which leads to necessary weight loss, more muscle mass, a toned physique, strength, and overall better health with more energy for other things.

Instead of indulging in comfort foods like French fries or garlic bread, I pile my plate with leafy greens or another serving of vegetables. Which leads to…

You get the point.

By keeping my eye on the desired prize, the sacrifices I’ll have to make along the way are more than worth the cost.

And that is definitely a good thing.

What about you? What are the top three goals you are pursuing right now? What sacrifices have you made? Is there anything else that should fall by the wayside?

When Sacrificing Is a Good Thing
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