We just moved from a house to an apartment. Our living space dropped by sixty percent, and we lost our yard, garage, and basement. We had to sell (or donate) most of our stuff.
Painful as it was getting rid of all that stuff, it was life-changing. Now our lives are more relational and agile.
I recently watched some friends walk through this at work. Their business, built on lean means and slim margins, faced a sudden loss and needed to shrink. Sobered, they prayed good things — like asking God for wisdom and surrendering to whatever He thought best. No rancor, no whining, and no self-interest.
Even so, their crisis persisted. Their sacrifices weren’t enough.
That’s when fatigue can set in, along with regrettable choices. But one of them suggested reviewing their values — which led to a strategic switch from loss to gain. Just like that.
At the end of the day, their team is stronger, they triumphed together, and they witnessed God’s “wisdom and whatever He thought best” from front row seats.
Belt-tightening is tough, but also rich. Return to your values, stick together, and petition the One who is wise.