Sacrifice

One of the greatest lessons of the Bible is the lesson of sacrifice.

The ability to give up something in the present so that you can improve the future. Parents sacrifice their wants and needs to provide for there children so they can have a better future, for example.

Sacrifice is very similar to discipline. The main different being, in discipline we have a pretty clear idea of what good for oneself is likely to come about through the discipline, whereas in sacrifice we don’t have a clear idea of what good the sacrifice is likely to bring about.

But very often it is better than we expect.

When Abraham was asked to sacrifice his only son, he did not know what good could come out of it, he just had the faith in God that it was for the greater good. In the end the sacrifice was a ultimate test of Abrahams faith. From that point he went on to achieve great things.

So, how does this relate to you?

Well, whatever you truly want in life is going to take sacrifice on your part to get there.

If you are unhappy in your relationship, then you might have to make the sacrifice of walking away into the unknown.

If you are unhappy in your job, you might have to sacrifice your time to learn some extra skills so that you can apply for a new position.

If you are unhealthy or overweight, you might have to sacrifice the enjoyment you get from eating 2-3 takeouts per week. Or the glass of wine with dinner each night.

There is no sugar coating sacrifice, sacrifice is difficult.

Another thing about sacrifice is, if you dont pick a sacrifice, a sacrifice will pick you.

An example, maybe you dont leave the hurtful relationship, or the unfulfilling job. Well, by making that choice you are choosing to sacrifice your happiness, and mental health for pain and sadness.

All change is difficult but when you come to the realisation that by not challenging yourself, not stepping outside your comfort zone, YOU are making the choice to live unhappy and unfulfilled.

From today, make decision that will more you forward…

towards the person you’ve always wanted to be.

No Matter the Length of The Road it Starts with One Step

Fridays are bin day where I live. One week it is general rubbish (Black bin) and the next it is recyclables and composting (Blue & Brown bin). Or as it is on my calendar black bin or blue bin, as I rarely put down the brown bin as I do my own composting as I have a flower and vegetable garden.

This week it was blue bin.

When I awakened, I heard the first bins getting collected. They collect the composting first then within the hour the second one comes for the recyclables.

As I awoke, I really didn’t want to get up, but the blue bin was full, and I knew I had too. I knew as soon as I got out of bed that was the hard job done.

It’s often that first step that is the hardest—just getting started.

What so many people do is they replay the entire journey in their head, which puts them off from even beginning. Using my simple morning challenge as an example.

If I had off thought about getting out of bed then getting changed, then going out in the cold morning air, I might have just lay there and regretted that decision for the next two weeks as all the rubbish built up.

Very often in life, we build small things into big things, and it results in us never even starting. Then 2-3 years down the road we regret not making a few sacrifices.

I once read that the pain of discipline weighs ounces, but the weight of regret weights tonnes. Something as simple as getting out of bed early each morning can have a massive impact on your life.

The journey of a million miles starts with one step, make that step today.