counting the blessings

A friend recently told me: 

You go to work, buy your groceries, cook food, clean the flat, then you prepare for the meetings, do your personal study and the bible reading and prepare for field service and your assignments at the meetings. If you have done this, you add 70 hours of service, additional responsibilities in the congregation and showing hospitality to the friends and only if there is some time left, then you are able to do the stuff you like to do. That’s the life of a pioneer.

Many friends who pioneered may smile hearing this description. Although we know my friend did not mean it as drastic as it sounds, we all feel the same some time. Even if we are not pioneering. This world is exhausting and we feel like there’s nothing left for ourselves to enjoy. But if we agree with my friend, why do we always tell you about “The Best Life Ever”?

The Mr. and I were sitting on our windowsill and enjoying the spring sun while talking about the sacrifices and blessings in Jehovah’s service. Are there any sacrifices? Are they worth it? What are the blessings?

Yes, we sacrifice a lot. We sacrifice our time. We give up hobbies, because we have different priorities now. We may even decide not to get married or not to have children. Some leave their home country to help where there is a greater need.

In the same way, some sacrifice their time and money to take others to the meetings, or invite someone for a meal. In small and big ways we sacrifice, because we imitate Jesus and set our priorities on the Kingdom of God.

Now what’s it worth? 

the price

I guess we will agree our faith is the most motivation we have to do everything for Jehovah which is “based on a hope of the everlasting life that God, who cannot lie, promised long ago;” (Tit 1:2).

I have to admit, I really like to think about paradise. All the things I would like to do when I have the time, what job would I like to have… I think I might specialize in plants, veterinary medicine and midwifery. I like to think about where I want to travel, where and how to live.

But for me, “the price” is not my main motivation. I don’t want to sacrifice my life today only looking to the future.

the life

Mark 10:29,30 says: “Jesus said: “Truly I say to you, no one has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for my sake and for the sake of the good news who will not get 100 times more now in this period of time—houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the coming system of things, everlasting life.”

Yes, some of us lost sisters or mothers or children, and it hurts… a lot … and for a long time … I couldn’t say how long … it hasn’t stopped yet. But if we let them, we can find an international family with love we could hardly imagine.

We are sisters, we are brothers, sons and daughters and more. And I love you even though I’ve never met you before. 

Psalm 27:4 helps us even more:  “One thing I have asked from Jehovah —It is what I will look for— That I may dwell in the house of Jehovah all the days of my life, To gaze upon the pleasantness of Jehovah And to look with appreciation upon his temple.”

Our life’s challenges can be overwhelming, but reflecting on all our happy experiences and things we are grateful for everyday, can help us to be comforted and strengthened to keep going. We can uphold our joy and keep us stay faithful as long as we have to, no matter if it will be one year, ten years or a hundred.

Is it the “Best Life Ever”? 

Today: Yes! If you focus!

In the Future: Anyone doubt it?

 

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