And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. Matthew 19:29
We spend so much time focusing on what someone gained, or how they became whoever it is they are… that we rarely ask what did you lose?
Sarah Jakes Roberts
People are so flabbergasted by your gains, that they never consider what you had to give up to get to where you are. In my own life, many people take notice that I am a warrior, that I know lots of scriptures, that I have a good job, and other things which look great on the outside… but nobody knows my losses.
We all have the same 24 hours and we all have the opportunity to use our time wisely. It’s easy to envy others, when you have no idea what that person has sacrificed to get to where they are. I live according to a quote I learned back in 2015: Set goals so big, that you cant achieve them until you grow into the person who can.
- I have gained leadership in church, but I have sacrificed my time.
- I have gained peace, but I have lost many relationships.
- I have gained purpose but I have lost my social life.
- I have a daily blog, and lead a ministry of dance and theatre, but I have lost a lot of sleep.
- I have developed myself greatly, but I have lost the opportunities to receive immediate desires & gratification.
I am willing to sacrifice the entire world to maximize my souls fullest potential. I think you should be willing to accept God’s call over your life to change. It may seem like loss, but the gains are much greater. Sacrificing some of your relationships, time, or instant gratification, may seem like a difficult thing, and yes it’s a challenge, but it is worth it. If I wouldn’t have prioritized my values, my life and my desires; then I would be one miserable person. If I hadn’t made those sacrifices, I wouldn’t have grown as a person.
Remember, the Lord changes our nature and identity, He gives us HIS nature. In accepting our new identity as children of the Most High God: we must do our part in disciplining our lives because there are things which are in our control.