When was the last time you gave up something you really loved – either some material possession or some activity or perhaps even a relationship – in order to benefit others? Do you have to dig very far back in your memory bank to think of something?
Without going into details, I’ll share with you at a high level a tough decision I’m facing – one I need to make a final call on in the coming weeks.
For several years I have been a regular participant in something with an amazing group of men and women I love and respect. One of the highlights of my week is being together with them, learning with them, laughing with them, growing with them, sharing the good and challenges of life with them. They are a central part of my life and it would be extremely hard to step away from that time together to do something else in that time slot. But that’s what I’ve been asked to consider doing.
What I would be going to would be a great opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others at a critical juncture in their lives. It would allow the opportunity to use some talents and gifts that have lied mostly dormant for several years.
There is no rush on making a decision, so there is time to ponder, consult with others, pray and be certain I’m making the right one. But, man, is it tough!
I can’t help but think that my reasons for staying in the current situation are primarily selfish while the reasons for making the change are other-centered. That analysis by itself probably tells me which I should do, but it doesn’t make the decision any easier.
So I’ll take a little more time before making the call. When made, I’m sure it will be the right one.
The very tough leap year lesson #138 is Letting go is hard.