One year during Lent I gave up watching my two one-hour soap operas. At first when I ironed or sewed, I missed the meaningless stories of fictional characters. After six weeks of no soaps, I discovered I didn’t need them in my life and tuned them out forever. I don’t even know what happened to Luke and Laura.
God wants us to sacrifice something that brings us closer to him. Some people might consider giving up a round of golf on Sunday morning a sacrifice, but hopefully it would be a blessing. Instead of spending a weekend resting and relaxing, an opportunity to accompany a youth group to an event would be a huge sacrifice, but so worth it.
Once again, the U.S. shores have experienced a devastating natural disaster. The storm continues and the loss of lives and property is still be calculated southern Texas. The interstates we drove on in Huston last February are underwater, which is hard to imagine.
God wants us to make sacrifices that show our love for him–not what benefits ourselves. How much of a sacrifice would it be to put a check in the mail to a charity that gives away most of the proceeds to help flood victims, to volunteer to physically help in whatever way possible, and most of all to pray–the least sacrifice of all.
Dear Lord, help us today find ways to help someone in need. Amen.