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Is It Worth It?

March 19, 2012

The last few weeks I’ve been working on getting our tax info together. Every single year I throw all my receipts into an envelope, thinking: I’ll sort these out later. And every single year I regret not doing it! So for days in mid-February, I am sorting out receipts … supplies, airline tickets, mileage, meals, resources, website/blog expenses, and so on and on. But finally we got every line filled in and every box checked on the tax forms. I didn’t like how the numbers added up!

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“Why do I have to pay that much in taxes?” I whined.

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“Umm … because you made more money this year, so you have to pay more taxes.” I think my husband tried not to put “duh” at the end of his sentence.

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I stomped my foot and began to throw myself a pity party.

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“So why is it even worth it? All the late nights working, all the weekends away from my family, all the laundry that goes undone, the meals that don’t get cooked, all the stress and anxiety and discouragement—is it worth it?!?”

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That’s when my husband quietly slipped out of the room and left me to finish my temper tantrum alone.

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Lord, is it worth it?

Yes, of course it is. My will is always worth it.

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Have you ever asked yourself, “Is it worth it?” Whatever it is, is it worth all the time, effort, and energy that you put forth? Is it worth all the stress you endure, the late nights you work through, the tears you cry, the strain on your family?

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It is if it is what God has chosen for you—if it is God’s will you are fulfilling for your life. God doesn’t require anything from you that doesn’t require sacrifice. Whatever God has called you to do, He will also require you to sacrifice, whether it is a sacrifice of your time, money, resources, physical ability, or something else God has commanded you to sacrifice for His Name’s sake.

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As my pity party came to an end, God helped me remember what work I accomplished the past year. Blog posts, parenting articles, book manuscripts, VBS curriculum. If one person was encouraged, helped, or came to know the Lord through it, was it worth it? If I were looking into the eyes of a parent who reconnected with God after reading a magazine article, would I ask if it was worth it? If I were looking into the eyes of a child who had asked Jesus to be her Savior because of VBS, would I ask if it was worth it? I hope not. Because it most certainly was.

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Lord, forgive me for not thinking Your work is worth it.

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What is YOUR CALLING? What work is God doing in your life that is worth the sacrifice? What vision has God given you?

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The apostle Paul most certainly had vision: God’s work for him was to spread the gospel. We can learn the following things about vision from Paul.

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1. Dissatisfaction. God produces a calling and vision within you when you are dissatisfied with life and the world around you—with the hopelessness, the evil, the loneliness, and the hurt. When you hunger for more of God and become restless to get out His word and His love to others, watch out—God is about to produce vision within you. He is going to send you about His work.

2. Desire. Once you become dissatisfied with how life is because you know God has more for everyone, a hunger and desire for God comes. Desire to change the world, to make a difference, to show others a better way—God’s way. Desire shows that you are selfless and that you want to fulfill God’s will by demonstrating His love to others in some way, whether through what you do at home, at your job, in your neighborhood, in your school, or around the world.

3. Determination. When God gives you a goal, that goal is on the forefront of your mind. You are determined to succeed. You develop a plan; you write down action steps to get it done. You commit to the work God has begun within you.

4. Dependence. Although you may be determined and you have a plan, nothing can be done without God. Each and every step must be from God, or it ceases to be His will, His work, His way. Every day for every single thing, ask God: “What do You want me to do?”

5. Detail. When you are dependent upon God for each step, He will provide details. He will give you a clear, focused, defined vision that can combat discouragement from others. Life is full of things that don’t go our way and people who criticize, complain, or confront us with negative thinking. However, when you know the path you are on and that the path belongs to God, you are able to fight the enemy, discouragement, stress—anything that you encounter along the way.

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Only when we doubt these things do we ask, Is it worth it? We lose our vision when we lose our dissatisfaction with the world around us, our desire for more of God, our determination to accomplish His will, our dependence upon Him, and the detail of the plan He has set before us.

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“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings,
becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.” (Philippians 3:7-11)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 19, 2012 10:38 am

    Absolutely! Only what we do for Christ will last!!!

  2. March 19, 2012 12:18 pm

    I know exactly what you meant when you wrote: When you hunger for more of God and become restless to get out His word and His love to others, watch out—God is about to produce vision within you. He is going to send you about His work

    The Lord woke me at at nights with stories, ideas and plans for writing – Blogging is a blessing and stressful and such a responsibility but leaning on the Lord for guidance has brought peace.

    God Bless and thank you for your honesty – we touch each others soulds

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