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Ever wonder why some people seem to be floating through life and others stumble?



I wonder this, and seek to find ways to float instead of stumble. Maybe you would like to join me in this search.

Seeking a closer relationship with God seems to allow my life to float along a little easier.







Phillipians 4:5-6 tells us to reveal our gentleness outwardly, that God is near and that we should not be anxious about anything, but through prayer and petition, we should thankfully approach the Lord with our concerns.

As a high energy person, my anxiety can run high. I am constantly seeking ways to leave my concerns at the foot of the cross.



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Friday, April 2, 2010

Sacrifice

Today is Good Friday.  All over the world, Christians are gathering to hear about the last words of Christ Jesus, thinking about the trial of an innocent man, wondering what would life be like if things were different that day.  We wonder and question, but never really have answers.  Even our answers can have questions.  That seems to be our human nature.  The synapses in our brain fire and off goes another question.  The whole, 'oh, I was thinking...' comes up so often, doesn't it? 

So, you won't be surprised to hear that I was thinking about sacrifice today.  I was actually spurred on by the news anchor this morning who shared that there were millions of people celebrating Good Friday today.  It made me think about what is sacrifice, do we in our current day and culture even understand that?  Back in the day - over 2,000 years ago - this was a common concept.

The idea is to take the place of something else.  So, if my brother did something awful and ended up having to stand trial for it, I could take his place and suffer his fate because of my love for him.  Would I do it?  Wow.  Take on his crime?  Most of us would probably say - he did the crime, he should do the time.  But then, what if it were our child?  Wouldn't we want to protect them?  We make sacrifices for our family all the time - and for our jobs.  I think we tend to think about sacrifice with a little 's'.  Just this or just that.  I won't go to this event because she doesn't want to go, but I really wanted to.  Sacrifice.  We put our will and needs in the background. 

Hmmm.  So, lifting others up higher than ourselves; taking their needs and putting them before ours; looking at their life as more important than ours...this is sacrifice.  Loving them (them being all inclusive here) more than we love ourselves.  God loves us so much that he was willing to set aside His own onmipotence to save our souls. 

Yes, Good Friday is a time of reflection and a time of understanding.  A time for prayer and a time to come together as the people of God and join together as one.  You are loved.  You are loved so much that NOTHING comes between you and God.  NOTHING is as important as you are.  Even life.  God showed us HOW important we are to Him.  What does this mean for our lives?  Only you can answer that.  Think and Pray today.

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