Tim Bergan
2 min readMay 12, 2021


I often find two things are conflicting with one another: my desire to be productive and my desire to have community. They often are at odds, I can’t seem to have one without sacrificing the other.

The question I have to ask myself is what do I sacrifice?

Productivity leads to good grades and good money. Both are things are important to success.

Community ultimately leads to a happy life where you feel like you have worth and you can build people up as you are getting built up.

I recently got offered a job where I get a lot of money. I’d work night shifts and I’d work 10–12 hours a day. On the other hand I’d be working mostly alone for three months. I’d make more money than I’ve ever seen.

On the other hand I could get a job working at a camp. There I would be surrounded by Christians and live in an environment full of people each day. I would be making probably a fifth of what I’d make on the boat.

I need money.

I need community.

See the problem.

I guess I have to choose what I value more. Either that or convince myself that I can get both things in one job. Or sacrifice one momentarily in order to achieve the other one later.

Like would it really be the biggest deal if I lay low with community for the summer and be intentional when I get back? Or maybe the actions I take now write the path for what I do later. So if I find myself pursuing money now I’ll aways pursue it.

Hard to say. \

Well like always here are my thoughts, thanks for tuning in.