“That's it! Next time, I'm doing all my shopping online,” I shouted. My sweet husband was home enjoying the peace and quiet when I stormed through our front door. Our two daughters were with me, and our youngest was sobbing in my arms. It was Saturday, and I had the great idea to go shopping with my girls. While my oldest was entertained by all the sights of the mall, my youngest quickly lost her patience.
It was probably my fault. How can I contain a toddler in a stroller when she's more interested in exploring? She's usually kept busy with snack crackers, but the problem is her crackers eventually run out. Then, it becomes fairly impossible to peruse any clothing rack for more than ten seconds.
Maybe this is the reason why I rarely see other mothers out shopping with their toddlers. What may begin as an enjoyable outing inevitably becomes more work and less fun. In my case, it definitely ended my shopping excursion early.
Ever been in a similar situation?
If so, then you'd understand my frustration was more than my unpleasant shopping trip. It was mostly frustrating because, once again, I put aside my own agenda for my kids. Yes, it was a small sacrifice compared to most, but it was still costly. It's never easy, you know?
Maybe you can't relate to my experience, but I'm sure you would agree with me when I say motherhood involves a lot of sacrifice. We deny ourselves for our children on a daily basis: waking up early to take care of them, putting aside our hunger to feed them, and giving whatever energy we have left to invest in them. Did you realize the journey would be hard? I didn't.
The truth is, God expects us to live a life of sacrifice. Motherhood just happens to give us plenty of opportunities. :)
This week we will journey through Scripture to learn more about sacrifice. The Word is full of examples of how and why we should sacrifice, and it provides the ultimate example of sacrificial love-Jesus Christ. If you'd like to join in the study this week, please click here for the reading guide. Let's take a closer look at Monday's verse.
“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV)
As you read these verses, consider these questions:
According to these verses, who are we?
What kind of life does God call us to?
What is our motivation for sacrifice?
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