Self-Sacrifice: God’s Power for You to Give Something Up to Help Others
Christian self-sacrifice is the clearest expression of love (1 John 4:10). In a sinful world, self-sacrifice is essential for community with others. Love demands that one cease from being self-seeking and instead deny oneself for the care and service of others (Matt. 16:24).
Well we have reached the end of our trip to Uganda. No doubt we will have more than a few hours on the plane to reflect on all that has happened in the last ten days.
Creating and sustaining community, both local and global, involves self-sacrifice. While we have exprerienced a number of examples of self-sacrifice here, without the self-sacrifice of those at home we could never fulfill our purpose for this trip. While we were here spouses, children, friends, co-workers, congregations, and schools managed life without us.
It is not lost on me that I could not teach and train leaders here in Uganda without an incredible serving leader of a wife at home, caring for the kids, getting up early with Rachel, and doing more than this blog has room for me to type (see Proverbs 31:10 ff. for a summary). The word for "character" is translated in some Bibles as "excellence." Chirsty, you excell them all! Thank you for your self-sacrifice.
I look forward to getting home Monday night and waking early Tuesday to continue developing one of my favorite character projects...
I can't wait to watch Dora with you Rachel!