28 Mar

>According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary the word sacrifice means:

1. an act of offering to a deity something precious; especially: the killing of a victim on an alter.
2. something offered in sacrifice
3. a destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else
As humans we make sacrifices everyday; some little and some big. As a professional athlete, Adam has made more sacrifices in his 29 years of life then most humans will in their lifetime. But to him, that was his choice. He made sacrifices when he was younger to become where he is today.
So why am I talking about sacrifices? After spending 40 minutes of shooting (on a regulation hoop, with a small ball) Jayden was so frustrated. He was unable to make one shot while Daddy was making all of his. After a couple meltdowns, he had finally made one shot. He was so proud of himself. When we were talking about what had happened at the gym after he was having a hard time understanding why Daddy can make all of his shots and he can’t. I began to explain to him the sacrifices Daddy made throughout his life to get where he is today. I explained to him that while some kids are sitting infront of the television playing video games, Daddy was outside practicing basketball.
Later that night Jayden and I were reading one his bibles and talked about how Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice (in toddler terms). We ended reading his bible and said some prayers. He proceeded pray that everytime he misbehaves or mistreats someone he hopes Jesus will forgive him. It was just about the cutest thing I have ever heard. As much as I feel Jayden “kinda” understands about sacrifices, I really don’t know he truly understands why we make sacrifices or why Jesus sacrificed Himself for His people. We will continue to work on explaining to Jayden why Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us and how He restored the pathway for humanity to come back to God.
In conclusion, I ask you, what sacrifices do you make? Do you make sacrifices that benefit others more then it benefits yourself? What sacrifices can you make today to strengthen your relationship with Jesus? Don’t forget who made the ultimate sacrifice for you!

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