Is it worth it?

I ask myself this question all the time. I have three boys, asking THE question is a must. It takes a lot of energy to keep up with three boys ages 7, 5, and 2.

I ask it about parenting strategies. Was it worth it to spank him? Was it worth it to spend an afternoon teaching a two-year-old about time out? OR is there a more creative way to parent that might work better?

Is this trip worth it? I desperately wanted to go back east this summer to see my family whom I haven’t seen in years, but I had to ask, is the 17 hour trip with three boys by myself worth it? The answer was, “No, not this time.” It hurt, but I think it saved everyone involved a few gray hairs.

We also have to ask ourselves this question about all the activities we’re involved it. Is T-ball worth it? Is Karate worth it? Is _____ worth it? The answer to T-ball was, nope. The answer to Karate was, YES! The friends we have made and the Christian influence gained is more than worth the few hours we put in each week.

As you look around yourself today, ask, “Is ____ worth it?” It’s not bad to take time and sort through your life in this way. Sometimes the answer may hurt, and you’ll find yourself needing to let go. At other times the answer will be an emphatic, “YES!”

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