Monday, June 16, 2008

Sacrifice

I have probably read this beautiful and amazing post at least 10 times in the past week. If you haven't, please go read it now. I promise it will touch your heart.

Although I've read it before, God keeps taking me back to it time and time again. Each and every time I read it I am so convicted that often when I give of myself, it doesn't truly cost me anything. Although I try to give often to my friends and my family through service and gifts (and honestly love serving others), I am usually not truly sacrificing and true giving usually includes some sort of sacrifice.

I don't know about you, but I sometimes get so caught up in the details and tasks in life and in checking things off of my many, many lists- that I forget to ask God how to truly serve those around me. Instead of asking God- the one who created and knows everything- how to serve others, I decide on my own how to best serve and minister to them. And I'm embarrassed to say that it's usually in an easy and quick way. And it breaks my heart to realize that I probably miss the mark most of the time and haven't been giving people what they truly need and what God would tell me they need- if only I took the time to ask.

The eloquently written words of Angie's post have been running through my head during the past few days of painting. The words have encouraged me over and over again to begin to daily ask God what He would have me give, whom He would have me give it to, and then to give me the strength to give it. I have to tell you, it excites and terrifies me all at the same time.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Philippians 2:3-4

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4 comments :

  1. Sometimes you amaze me with your transparency.. of course, sometimes I don't like it! Because the Lord uses it to bring what He wants me to see out of your post!! lol But, that's precious to me, too. Even when I end up in the woodshed.. I love Angie's blog.. I don't know if I've wept so hard over anything else in a long time as I have her writings.. and they're out there for us to learn from.. darn it! You're a good friend, Shannon.. you tell it like it is..
    hugs,
    Jean

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  2. I spent quite a while reading her posts last night. She is quite amazing, this is true. But... so are YOU, my friend. So are you.

    Thanks so much for sharing her link with us.... quite a find. I'll definitely be back to her blog.

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  3. Shannon what an honest post that also points to the failures in my life. Thank you for sharing and giving me MUCH food for thought. God does want so much more than I've been giving. I too feel the fear and excitemant of what it is that I'll be asked to do...and it keeps me from asking...I am a work in progess!

    So happy for you and Dory- enjoy your time together!

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  4. We could all do better in this area, Shannon. You may or may not be surprised to know that YOU are one of the people in my life who has inspired me to be more thoughtful of others and more giving.
    What a nice blog you linked us to.

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