Sacrifice. That’s the title I was thinking of when I wanted to write a post about things we are saying “no” to as we work to be debt free. However, further contemplation led me to decide that that term was narcissistic. In no way does giving up on things easily described as luxury warrant a title of sacrifice, especially in light of the holiday we just celebrated. July 4th gives us a chance to reflect and be thankful for the “fathers” of America who sacrificed their safety and their families safety when they signed their names on the Declaration of Independence. Then there is the sacrifice of the men and women and their families which give their service and/or lives to defend this declaration and our constitution.
Finally and most importantly, is the God who became man to suffer on the cross for my sins. Sacrificing himself so that I can live eternally in Heaven. He endured pain on the cross, humiliation, ridicule, doubt, temptation, and betrayal all for us. His name is Jesus and he died so we could live. That is sacrifice. That is love. Nothing else will ever come close.
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10