Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Was it worth it? This is a thought I have after the completion of a project. Did the nonprofit get closer to reaching its mission? Was there value added to people’s lives? Was it worth it?
Perhaps what I am really asking is did the sacrifice or cost to resources made a difference. Most of the time, I can answer yes. By completing the project, or event, or task, something changed for the better. Yes, the cost of time, the sacrifice of effort, the challenge was worth it.
And, sometimes by answering “yes,” I also see the ways to improve. To answer the question, I need to reflect on the process. John Maxwell says that it’s not the experience that matters but evaluated experience. In other words, taking the time to reflect and debrief after a major accomplishment (or lack thereof) is where the most value arises.
Taking time to see the challenge and how it was overcome could be a dichotomy. It’s also a practice that started long ago. Hebrews 13:15-16 caught my eye because “sacrifice” is associated with “praise.” I found that interesting—don’t we usually get excited and praise God when things are good and when there’s no sacrifice involved? We’re happy, and we relay that emotion to God.
In that happy place, though, are we reflecting on the obstacles that we had to overcome? And yet, it’s the sacrifices in life that enrich the celebration. Reflecting and remembering the challenges and how those were overcome can deepen the appreciation. It makes it not just a “yes” but a “YES!” to the question, “Was it worth it?”
Consider your current task, project, or work. Are you feeling the sacrifice? Look forward to the praise. Or perhaps you are in a place to evaluate your experience and see how the sacrifice has increased your praise.
Next week, I join the ranks of “published author” when Hopelessly Hopeful During Separation releases. It’s like most things in life—you have a dream, it takes more work than originally anticipated, and that makes the product that much sweeter. Was it worth it? I would say yes.
Save the date on September 28, 2021, at 7 pm for a zoom book launch! The link to join in next week is here, passcode 092821. You’ll hear from famous authors such as John Trent of Strong Families and Christine Soule of Providence Heights.
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