What are we willing to trade?
-Am I willing to trade a clean house for more messy fun?
-Am I willing to trade gourmet meals for flour covered, little hands?
-Am I willing to trade “me time” for extra snuggles at night?
-Am I willing to trade my plans for His?
Some days…yes. But there’s more…
He traded His life for mine. He carried the cross when I should have. He was crucified when my sin was the one that required payment.
What was He willing to trade for me? Everything.
And I call what I do sacrificing. Pat myself on the back. Judge you for your indulgences.
Yes, we make sacrifices on a daily basis. Yes, trades are a part of parenting. But dare I pity myself. Dare I look more at myself than at Him.
No parent is the benchmark for another. No parent is the measuring stick for their kids.
Only He is.
He made the ultimate sacrifice. He gave up the most. And only He can guide us and strengthen us through the trades we make each day.
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8)