I had a conversation this week and I’m going to share it with you. Yes, I asked for permission first. It went something like this:

Jake, I won’t be able to hang out on Saturday. Some stuff came up. We’ll just say it’s going to be a long weekend.

I’m sorry. Do you need help with anything at all?

No, we just had something fall apart at work and now I get to go in and try to fix it. I hate that place.

That sucks, are you looking for something different?


Why not?

I don’t know. Not sure I could find anything I’d like that can pay me as much.

Do you have to make as much money? Or is the suffering worth it?

I can’t afford to make less. If anything, I need to make more. I have a lot of bills right now. I owe on my car, two credit cards and my school loans, that’s not counting rent, gas, food…

Oh. Are you putting extra money toward any of it, to get it paid off?

Nope. Don’t have the money.

Have you thought about getting a second job?

That would suck.

It does, but you could get out of debt faster. I’m saving all sorts of money just working all the time. I make it and have no time to spend it!

Yeah, I don’t want to do that.

Hmmm. I’m going to write about this conversation, do you care?

I’m as guilty as anyone else, but why do we make ourselves stay in situations that suck? Or rather, why do we complain about things (even to ourselves) and not do anything to lessen our suffering? I understand that some situations are just difficult, but at the very least, we should pray to Jesus to make something change, right? I’m probably being excessively pragmatic and maybe even a little annoying, but wouldn’t we rather die trying to do something than live doing really not much at all?

You don’t have to tell me, but is there something you could be doing right now to make  your life better?