Some things are more important than our creature comforts. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying these whenever we get the chance. But there also comes a time in which it’s better to suffer on the corner of a rooftop than to pay the cost that comes with living in a lovely home.
All too often we lose sight of the important things in life simply to remain comfortable. And when we fight, we fight to keep our comforts rather than for noble and good pursuits.
Choosing to live on the corner of the roof is not running away from conflict. Rather, it’s a clear statement that some things are simply not okay regardless of how many other perks it comes with.
For instance, many young adults might choose to live in a shabby apartment instead of continuing to live with their parents. Their desire for adult autonomy transcends the luxuries of their parent’s home.
At work, we might choose to work for ourselves or take a job with less pay and benefits in order to do work that matters. All the extra benefits matter little when the work is killing our souls.
Likewise, there might also be times in which we’re willing to suffer physically, even to the point of death, for a greater good.
Certainly, we can see this in the military and with first responders – regularly putting their lives on the line for the sake of others.
But this remains true for us in our daily lives as well.
Perhaps we risk getting sick to love someone else who is ill. Or maybe we decide enjoying the full goodness and beauty of life is worth the risk of leaving the safety of our home.
In the end, whatever it looks like, there often comes a time to accept many discomforts to pursue a greater good. And it’s simply not okay to settle for creature comforts when more important things are at stake.
Enjoy the safety and comforts of life every chance you get. And be willing to suffer on the corner of the rooftop whenever a situation is no longer okay and there are greater things at stake.
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