If you want something more out of life than the average American, it’s going to require more of you.
It may mean greater sacrifice.
It may mean more difficult decisions.
It may mean incredible standards.
It may mean biting your tongue.
It may mean saving more money.
It may mean forgiving those who don’t (or can’t) acknowledge they’ve hurt you.
It may mean turning off the internet.
It may mean trying something you’ve never dared to try.
It may mean giving some things away.
It may mean reading more; or sleeping less; or writing letters even when they are unanswered; or learning Hebrew; or learning to garden; or learning to swim; or losing weight; or getting your passport; or sponsoring a little boy or girl in another country; or committing more; or committing less; or re-establishing the idea of a Sabbath for your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health; or confessing sin; or (heaven forbid, but here I go…about to say it) fasting; or wearing second-hand jeans; or political activism; or honesty when honesty is difficult.
It may mean a lot of tears.
Only you can decide whether your desires, your dreams, your passions and convictions are worth so much trouble.