One person’s sacrifice is not a sacrifice to another. This comment seems to be one that is common sense, but let us look a little bit more into it. With the season of Lent upon us, a lot of us have decided to “give up” something. I have been told by many that they have given up chocolate, desserts, reading non-religious books, limiting computer time, and the list goes on. Now to many these may not seem like sacrifices, but to the ones that made them, quite simply, they are.
I decided to do something a little different this year for Lent; instead of giving up one thing I am trying (note I said trying to do) an additional item each week and added something more oriented to God each week I will give you the examples below:
week 1 – I gave up playing Bingo on Facebook and added reading at least 2 devotionals per day
week 2 – Turn off the computer at 11:30 pm – read Bible for additional 30 minutes
week 3 – No eating after 9:00 – spend additional 15 minutes communing with the Lord
week 4 – give up soda – post 1 blog per week (starts this Wednesday)
Now it doesn’t seem like much, but remember I am compounding them so I have now given up 4 items and added 4 items (all added items are oriented to a deeper relationship with the Lord.) Now, how am I doing?? Okay made a few slips here and there, but brush myself off and start over. These seem small to a lot of us, but they mean something to me, so that brings me to my next point. What someone sacrifices means something to them. It may not seem like much to us, but it doesn’t have to. Remember, the object is to give up something that has meaning to you, not me or your best friend or your family. You get the picture.
The only sacrifice that can be truly stated as being the most selfless act was Jesus dying on the cross. So that being said I think I can give up the minor, petty things that I think are selfless, but really, they are not that selfless compared to His sacrifice.
Once again, I thank you for reading my post, hope you can comment on your thoughts, and definitely look forward to my next attempt at this topic.
Always remember that God Loves You And So Do I