This past weekend, my husband and I celebrated our 7 year anniversary…yay us!! We were able to mark the occasion with a weekend away, just the two of us, which is something that has happened only a handful of times in our marriage. Leading up to the trip, we went back and forth for weeks about whether or not we should actually go. After all, we really couldn’t afford it and with Christmas so close it felt irresponsible to spend what we had saved on just us.
When it came down to the day to leave, we still had made no reservations and no real decisions on where to go but decided it was necessary and off we went. You see, we have been so incredibly busy these last few months that we have barely crossed paths. All of my time has been dedicated to the kids activities. All of his time has been spent working to provide everything that the kids and I have needed to be so involved. So the decision we made was to get away, reconnect and simply spend uninterrupted time with one another.
And you know what happened?
We did exactly that and realized just how much we had missed each other! Yes, it cost us money to take this trip but what we gained was worth the cost. We came back refreshed and thankful for our 7 years together with hopes of many more to come.
Just as our decision to spend this time away cost us something, nearly every decision you make in your life costs you something as well. Let’s just say we had went the other way and chose to stay here and keep going at the breakneck pace we had been at for the last few months, allowing the space between us to widen further, that could have led to marital problems therefor costing us far more than what we shelled out for this weekend trip.
Sometimes the choices we make cost us way more than our finances.
If we choose to be dishonest in a situation, it costs us our credibility.
If we choose to act recklessly and live a “carefree” life, it costs us our integrity.
If we choose to place anything- person, place, things or activities-before God, it costs us our spiritual connection with Him.
I had to make a choice last Friday that I was going to focus solely on my man rather than all of the other stuff that keeps me so busy. Maybe you are in a similar situation where you are faced with a decision and you are weighing the cost. It may be something as harmless as making time for a loved or maybe it’s on the other end of the scale and you’re contemplating a very poor decision. Know that whichever way you choose, there will be consequences…good or bad.
What if instead of dishonesty we chose the truth? It may cost you your job, but you will gain righteousness.
“Truthful words stand the test of time, but lies are soon exposed.” Proverbs 12:19
How about choosing to live according to the Word as opposed to the world? You may lose some friends, but you will gain a family that supports you and lifts you up rather than pull you down.
“Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.” Romans 15:4
“Don’t copy the behaviors and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2
What if we made a conscious decision to make God 1st in our lives? It will cost us the control that we desire, but we will gain a freedom that allows us to live in peace knowing that our lives in the hands of our maker who is far more capable than us.
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:31-33
Another ‘win’ with the decision made-a spectacular view. God’s marvelous creation