A Small Sacrifice

“You will come to know that what appears today to be a sacrifice will prove instead to be the greatest investment that you will ever make.” – Gordon B. Hinkley

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As I have mentioned before, becoming a great steward is not a destination but a life-long journey. I’m walking the journey just as you are, and God constantly reveals to me ways I can be a better manager of His blessings in my life.  Recently, God made me very aware making small sacrifices for a short period of time would not only prove to be great investments for my family financially, but in turn, great investments for my family in every aspect.

The Car

A little while ago, God blessed my family with the pregnancy of our soon-to-be 4th child.  Wendy, my wife, now had a very clear and specific reason for needing a larger vehicle to haul 4 kids in child seats instead of 3.  I drove around and searched the internet for a larger vehicle until I spotted one at a local car lot, an ’03 Yukon XL for under $10k.  I knew the sacrifice I would have to make, my ’07 Avalanche. Why? Well simple, it still had a loan on it from me not being a good manager of our money and “having to have it.” I knew if we could get the new-to-us yukon on a decent rate, we’d drop out debt by almost $5,000! It was a sacrifice I knew would be a great investment when we can be out of debt $5,000 sooner! Completely worth it!

The 2nd Job

This one was hard for me and my wife. When we found out Wendy was pregnant, we wanted to save a ton of cash as quickly as possible to pay for Dr. visits and weird food habits (thankfully she hasn’t really had any yet with this one) and stocking up on diapers and food.  I had many people tell me to “just sell more” with my home business of printing and graphic design, but it didn’t have a steady enough income stream for me to count on it, so I prayed long and hard about taking a 2nd job that would at least give me a “guaranteed” 2nd income.  I have a friend who is the GM at a chain gourmet burger restaurant so I went and talked to him.  I didn’t ask for any special privileges or even a high pay rate as I knew this was a part time gig.  My wife, being the wonderfully understanding person she is, really didn’t like the idea (she only has to stay home with 3 kids all day already, I wonder why), but she knew it would result in being a great investment in our family’s future.  I still work the 2nd job and will continue to do so until it’s time to leave.  Have I made a ton of cash during this time? No, of course not, but what I have made is more than what I had, and a small sacrifice such as this will prove to be a truly great investment in the future. So far – Completely worth it!

Results

These are just a couple of examples I, personally, have made to benefit my family.  The car wasn’t as hard as the 2nd job, it was simply convincing myself I didn’t need the truck, but it still wasn’t easy.  Many of my friends and family, couldn’t believe I got rid of a truck I had wanted since they first came out, but you know what, if I really want one later, I can get one, because I made the sacrifice today.  No material possession, especially a car, is irreplaceable, and the sacrifice of one today will lead to a greater investment in the future. Many people couldn’t believe I work as much as I currently do, but do you know what I get to do later with my time? Spend time with my family. The sacrifice of my time today will lead me to a greater investment of time in the future. 

Not a Small Sacrifice

I want you to remember Jesus Christ made the ultimate sacrifice for you by laying down His life for you to live eternally in heaven.  John 3:16 says:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

We’ve all made sacrifices to benefit ourselves and some to benefit others, but He made the ultimate sacrifice to benefit ALL.  

What sacrifice(s) have you had to make that proved or you feel will prove to be great investment in the future for you or others? I’d love to hear from you and your friends, so make sure you share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or wherever you share with friends and family!  Thank you for reading.