Monday, December 13, 2010
Is it really sacrifice?
Part of being a parent is making sure that you spend quality time with your family. That in itself becomes a challenge. When you're a single parent, it's much more challenging. There is something or someone that suffers because of something else. Parents, we use that word "sacrifice" when we give up one thing for another. But how much are we really sacrificing? I think about how much time we, parents, give up for our children but what are we giving up for that closer relationship with God? I had to check myself several times. As I looked back on things that I've done and the things that I am doing, I've realized that I haven't given God the time that He deserves. I was able to adjust my schedule for work, sports, cheer, TV (DVR.....I can watch that at ANY time), rehearsals, friends, family, etc, but I never adjusted my time for one on one time with God. Children rely on their parent's time for their wants and needs. Children also need that assurance in knowing that their parent(s) is there for them at all times. We, Christians, look at God in that same manner. We want Him to be there at all times, especially at our beck and call. With that being said, is it too much to ask to set a time DAILY to spend quality time with the FATHER? Not at all. I think back at times when my children ask me for things. Whenever I walk in the door from wherever, my children's first questions are usually, "Momma, can we have......." or Momma can we go......" or "Momma will you buy/get/take us.......". My usual responses are, "um, can you say hi first? or Would you like to know how my day went? or Why do you need to ask for something whenever you come to me?" They usually just stand there and stare at me trying to figure out what to do next. That's kind of how we are with God. We're quick to run to Him when we want something ;"Lord I need......", or "Lord please bless me with......."; or "Lord if you will just......". We do things and want God to do what we ask immediately but have we taken the time out to say "Hi" to God? We expect for God to know our hearts just as children expect us to just know that they mean no harm when they do what they do. Relationships require regular communication, time, and effort. God has given that to us and is ready for the relationship to grow. Are you ready to make the sacrifice to give that to Him? Are you willing to give up__________(you fill in the blank) to build that relationship with God? Next time you go to God and ask for something, think about your last conversation with Him. Did you ask Him for something? Did you thank Him for what He has previously done for you? Better yet, when was the last time you talked to Him? Make a real sacrifice for Father, our parent.