Sacrifice.

What exactly does that word mean?

Sacrifice means that we give up whatever we have to God – what we enjoy, our phones, going to places, etc.

We also make sacrifices when it comes to relationships.

We make sacrifices every day without realizing it!

Today, more than ever, we are making sacrifices. I keep thinking about this – it’s so ironic that this outbreak happened during Lent and it’s getting close to Easter. What if Jesus does come because you know, after He died on the cross, three days later He resurrected!

During Lent, Catholics give up something for forty days (all the way to Easter) and it’s something you really enjoy that you can’t imagine yourself without it. Over the years, I would give up candy, gum, coke, cookies, and so many others I can’t remember when I was little. There were other things that I gave up that weren’t food – I gave up worrying for Lent one year because I would always worry about something every day and I wanted to be free from my worries. Then, another year, I gave up social media for forty days and we should probably all do that during this time! I know it’s nerve-racking because you want to stay updated at all times about what is going on and that is important.

Today, we are told to give up so many things – we can’t go to malls, restaurants (only curbside pickup), churches (most churches go live on Sunday mornings now), parks, libraries, hair and nail salons, school (online classes now), seeing your friends and relatives. We are told to stat at home. Isn’t that difficult to do? God is asking so much of us, right?

Think about it this way: by staying home, you’re actually helping your family so they won’t get sick. I have been picking up lunch for my grandparents because they can’t go anywhere and I don’t want them to get it either. Staying away from your family and friends right now is a sacrifice because no matter how much you want to see your family and friends, you know that it is best to not see them during this time because you don’t want them to get sick.

What Jesus has done for us is still such a huge sacrifice. He didn’t just carry His cross while being beaten to death for nothing. He didn’t just have a total of three nails in Him for nothing. He didn’t have a crown of thorns around His head for nothing. Why? He carried the cross for the longest time by Himself and He did it because of us. Because of you. Yes, you! People were mad at Him and at the end, He said that they didn’t know what they were doing and He asked God to forgive them. Jesus went through all of this for us. He died for us and for all our sins. He did this because He loves us and He even knew that some people might reject Him, but He still died on the cross for everyone.

So, during this time, we should not complain about how we’re stuck in the house because we are making sacrifices as we speak. Sacrifices are hard, but once we persevere and find the light through this dark tunnel, everything is going to be worth it. I just know it!

Don’t lose hope because better days are coming! Yes, I know, it’s difficult to focus on the good instead of focusing on the worst. Who knows if we will get to celebrate Easter, but in the end, what matters the most is that our family and friends are still here with us. Easter comes every year and we can start celebrating everything that leads up to Jesus dying the cross and then resurrecting and how He became our King. We can celebrate that every day and tell ourselves that Jesus died for us because He loves us.

Tell yourself this: “Jesus went through everything He did for me because that is how much He loves me.”

When you find the time, please listen to “Until Grace” by Tauren Wells featuring Rascal Flatts.

“I might be looking at a future full of question marks, mmm
But I don’t have all of the answers if You have my heart
In You, I’m finding redemption a little more with every breath
Brand new like the morning and I’ll never forget that…Until grace called my name (Until grace)
Oh, I didn’t know I could be free
Until grace found me (Oh, found me)
Until grace broke these chains (Broke these chains)
Oh, I didn’t know I could be free (I could be free)
Until grace found, Your grace found me (Your grace found me)

You came like force of nature, knocked down every wall I made
You rescued my soul when I thought there was no escape, no
You came like force of nature, knocked down every wall I made
You rescued my soul when I thought there was no escape”

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“During this time, we should not complain about how we’re stuck in the house because we are making sacrifices as we speak. Sacrifices are hard, but once we persevere and find the light through this dark tunnel, everything is going to be worth it. I just know it!”

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