life through sacrifice
I have been thinking about this quote for a few weeks now. I have had it displayed on my chalkboard for awhile and think about it often.
“Live hard. Enjoy every moment. Get blisters and on your deathbed receive death as the grace it was intended to be.” – ND Wilson
How can we receive death as a grace? Isn’t death scary, sad, and the very thing we strive to avoid? In Christ, on the contrary. God has designed it to be a blessing. At the end of a long, hard, and happy life, death IS a blessing. I love how death is indeed a grace for those in Him, who have worked hard – putting it all on the line, and for those who have enjoyed the struggles and the joys life has thrown at them.
Along these same lines, Ian and I have been talking lots about sacrifice. It’s a good way to live life, sacrificing for one another. Laying down our lives daily for one another. Christ sacrificed for us and therefore, we sacrifice for others. It’s only through the cross that sacrificing even makes sense. We as Christians should be the foremost in laying down our lives with joy!
I have struggled being grabby with “Ian time.” When he is home, I want him all to myself. I don’t want to have people over too often or let him go get too many coffees with other guys. But just in the last few months Ian and I have been talking about bleeding for the church. And that has gotten me REALLY excited to lay down my life (time, naps for the kids, my agenda, and money) for His people. Just a few ways we have been trying to apply this is by having people over more regularly (and focusing more on them then whether my house is perfectly clean or not), by me being excited to have Ian meet with other guys, and by getting together with others more often during the week. I have found when I am thinking about laying down my life and leaving a piece of my heart here in NC, I get really excited to bleed!
And I love how when you feel like you have nothing left to give or to sacrifice, Christ just keeps giving you more grace. What a kind God we serve.
I can’t wait to see what other good thoughts are in ND Wilson’s new book, “Death by Living”. I am sure it won’t disappoint.