Don’t you just love a good adventure movie? Especially ones where the hero of the story gets to “go on” because someone in the story sacrificed themselves?
But don’t we watch that story because WE want to be that hero that gets to go on, live life, accomplish some goal, and get the reward?
I mean, how many of us would actually WANT to be the one making the sacrifice? To end our lives for the sake of someone else, so they can go on. Even if it wasn’t a physical death, but just giving up what we want or the life we want. How many of us are willing to do that?
My greatest challenge these past few years is that God has been asking me to be a “sacrificer” not a “sacrificee”. And I sometimes struggle against it.
See, I had what our society calls “it all.” I had a great career, made lots of money – more than the average of this society, and I did not have any children. My money and time were all mine. Travel, eating out, movies, clothing, spa days, etc… were my norm.
And yet, I wasn’t actually happy or satisfied.
So God asked me to sacrifice that life so I could have this one instead: Being a homeschool Teacher, mother to four children, serving my community, living on a fraction money that I made, and giving up most of what I “loved.”
Not death, but certainly giving up a lot.
There are days when I am so grateful and I see the joy in making this sacrifice.
Then there are the days when I do not believe I can go on and I start resenting my sacrifice.
It is an ongoing battle, but I continue to choose they way of sacrifice.
Unfortunately, I am seeing others giving up and striving to be the “sacrificee” – all for the crumbs of this life.
What are YOU missing out on because you are still being a “sacrificee” instead of a “sacrificer”?