Looking back over the years, I see how your life has been filled with sacrifices. A sacrifice means it costs you something. 2 Samuel 24:24: ” … neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing.”
You’ve given up things you loved because family was more important. Back in Nathan, Christopher, and my early childhood days, you loved to fly small airplanes and be out on the sparkling water in a sailboat. Not only did you see that was taking away resources and time which could be used better, but you also knew it would create appetites in your kids for those same things.
You and Mom made the decision to only have three kids, after seeing Mom’s struggles with depression. Seven years later, when God changed your hearts, you had the courage to reverse that. Raising five more kids was a tremendous amount of sacrifice!
When God led you to leave your corporate job and start a business, that required more sacrifice.
While raising eight kids, you sacrificed so much time and money for our sake. Even now, you and Mom go out of your way to bless the married couples as opportunities arise. Not many people in their 60s would love to have single, young adults living with them. You not only welcome it, but you do it at no cost to us! Sacrificial love.
Sacrifice. The beauty of giving up something because you value something more.
You value your family, and your walk with the Lord Jesus more than anything else in this world.
Most recently, you’ve sacrificed your diet to have more years left to be with us and sharing with others.
Dad, thank you. Thank you for your sacrificial example. I love you!
Sarah for all EIGHT
“That they might set their hope in God,
and not forget the works of God,
but keep his commandments:.”