I am currently working two jobs. One is at Chick-fil-a and the other is Courtyard by Marriott. It was while I was working at Courtyard that this very subject came up. I was making small talk with a guest who had asked me why I was so tired other then the obvious fact that I had been up all night working. I began to explain to him that I was working two jobs for extra cash flow and that one of my goals was to save money to go visit my sister who is currently living in Hawaii. His response caught me off guard, he simply stated "It's not worth it." My immediate thought was "How can he say that? It's my sister who I haven't seen in a year, and it's Hawaii?!" Before I could even finish my thoughts though he caught the puzzled look on my face and began to explain. "I've spent my whole life on the road for work. I've worked 60hrs plus in one week, and that was if it was a light week. Even when I was at home I was working. I did it because I thought it was what was best for me and my family. But at the end of it all I look back and see all these years and say 'where did they go?' My kids are all grown and starting their adult lives and I missed some of the greatest years with them all for some extra money. So even though it may be worth it for the short term, it's not worth it in the long run."
It was those words that had me thinking all day. He is so right. How many times have you done something for the here and now only to look back and go "you know I should've done this instead of that."? Not only are his words good advice for our everyday physical lives but also for our spiritual lives. Jesus tells us the same thing. Think of how many times in the Bible He mentions that we should not live for the here and now but rather for the future. Some things may be very tempting, but in the end our souls are not worth it...So all of this being said; my advice to you is the next time you make any decision, be it small or large, look at the effects it will have on the long term so that one day you will not look back and say "It was not worth it."