. . . and when he falls he shall rise again, for his sacrifice shall be more sacred unto me than his increase, saith the Lord.
(Doctrine and Covenants 117:13)
I needed that today. So much of my goals are about getting things done, about achieving something, about gaining something. I want an increase. I want to be able to point at my work and see all the good stuff I’ve done. I want to make a good living, be successful, etc., etc.
Much of my desires are tied in to some sort of increase, whether it be of money, knowledge, words written, etc. And then when I don’t get as much increase as I would have hoped, I feel badly.
But that doesn’t matter. Because my sacrifices can mean a lot more. It means if I don’t get as many pages edited as I wanted to because I was spending quality time with my husband, I should be happy about that.
If I don’t, ultimately, achieve some of my life goals because I had to sacrifice for something better, I should value that sacrifice and not lament that I didn’t get the increase I wanted.