Sacrifice

Sacrifice is an amazing word.  It means so many things, to so many people.  God sacrificed his son for us.  The ultimate sacrifice results in our redemption through Jesus Christ.  What other sacrifices do you encounter?  In the Old Testament, people offered animals as sacrifices to God.  An athlete’s commitment to a sport, causes them to sacrifice things.  A sacrifice bunt in baseball causes one player to sacrifice himself for a teammate for the good of the team.  In the prison environment, we see families sacrifice many things for their sons and daughters.  As I sit at home, enjoying yet another snow day, I am reminded of all of the families who sacrifice their lives for others.  We had to cancel a family event today because of the danger of traveling in the icy conditions.  The 12 families, who had committed to participating, were giving up, or sacrificing their Saturday to bring the children to the prison.  These kids were going to spend a day with their dad inside his prison.  The Care Givers of the children were sacrificing their time and money for the kids.  Regardless of their attitude toward the offender, today they were sacrificing because of their love for the kids trapped in this situation.  These boys and girls are sacrificing their lives to spend time with their dad.  They didn’t ask to be in this situation.  It wasn’t their decision.  Their parent made a bad choice, and the consequences of their decision has caused the entire family to sacrifice.  They don’t get to have their dad at school events.  He’s not on the sideline, cheering them to victory.  His decisions have caused him to sacrifice time with his kids.  Children tend to be the greatest motivating factor to reduce recidivism.  The regrets we have with our children forces us to look at our lives, and what we have sacrificed because of selfishness.  Oh how I wish I could get people to realize what selfishness will cause them to sacrifice.  Ah, but selfishness, that’s a word for another day.

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