My Wednesday night women's group has been going through the book Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas.  (yes, I know I have linked to it before, but seriously, it has been is a challenging book but to read through it and discuss with other women has been just the most precious experience)  Tonight was the chapter on Sacrifice and how having children often forces us to make sacrifices for them...time, money, hobbies, any number of things.  Of course, as believers we are given the greatest example of sacrifice through our heavenly Father sending His son to earth to die for our sins.

There were lots of memorable quotes tonight that have been playing over again and again in my mind throughout the day:

From the book:
  • There is no mature Christian who is selfish.  Christian maturity causes us to grow in our willingness to sacrifice.  
  • Sacrifice isn't an obligation, but an invitation to change.
  • Be willing to give yourself to the sacrifice, and out of that sacrifice, something beautiful is built.
  • Spiritually speaking, learning to make sacrifices for our children can build in us the absolutely necessary attitude of a believer.  It can 'save' us from our selfishness and self-absorption.
  • Elton Trueblood [an author referenced in the book] helps many Christians face this tension between family life, service and devotion by pointing out that we live our lives in chapters.  No one chapter defines a complete story.....God won't judge our lives by one chapter in isolation but by the story these chapters, woven together, create.
From discussion:
  • Where there is no confrontation, there is no training.  
  • Are we contenting ourselves with having peace for today, rather than sacrificing today's 'peace' in order to confront the issues in our kids lives and teach and train them in the right way.
Finally,  one of the examples of sacrifice that a parent has made for a child is the story of Dick and Rick Hoyt (, a father whose son was born with cerebral palsy, who was unable to speak, and when Rick was born in 1962, the doctors encouraged them to institutionalize him.  Instead, his parents brought him home, found someone who could build a computer that would allow him to type out messages, and when Rick at age 15 asked his dad to help him 'run' a 5 mile charity race for a paralyzed child, his dad pushed him all 5 miles in an 'old school/regular' wheel chair.  Barely making it over the finish line, Dick thought he was done with 'racing'.  The first message his son typed out for him:  'this was the only time I didn't feel disabled'.  Since then, Dick and Rick have completed over 1000 races, including multiple marathons and six Ironman triathlon.  I spent the afternoon reading stories on them and watching videos on youtube--what sacrifices this dad made for his son.  One never knows how they will respond to challenges in life, but what a great testimony this family has for loving their son.

Here is one of the many videos that I watched today, seriously inspirational in my opinion.  There is a short advertisement at the beginning and it really starts talking about them around the 1:00 mark:


Judy Turnbough Bailey said…
I cried (a LOT) watching this - truly inspirational! What a fantastic father to do this for Rick! Thanks so very much for posting this, Becky.
Anonymous said…
I cried a lot too! wow.

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