Three Gifts of Sacrifice

Today marks the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers. I remember that day very clearly. Being only 47 years old, I wasn’t living during the first two world wars and too young to remember Vietnam. But the absolute fear that ran through me as I watched the twin towers go up in flames will remain with me. The elementary school where my children were that morning drew the blinds on the windows, disallowed the televisions or radios to be on and the doors were locked shut. We were all scared. Thinking back on that time, I am so thankful to be living in this country. I know there were many who became angry, but for the majority of the nation, we drew closer together.

In our quest to name 1000 Gifts in The Joy Dare Challenge, name three gifts of sacrifice.

20130911-165431.jpg384. God’s sacrifice of His Son. Many have wondered why God allowed this tragedy to happen. I don’t have the answer. But what I do know, is that He was there performing miracles. God loves us so much that He sent his Son down to live with us here on earth. Jesus showed us how to love. God planned the ultimate sacrifice, by having Jesus die on the cross. Jesus rose to heaven and sits with God. Because of this sacrifice, although we don’t deserve it, by believing in this truth, have a place saved for us in heaven. Cool huh?

20130911-170251.jpg385. Firefighters, policemen, medics and rescue workers. Every day men and women risk their lives for people they don’t even know. They rush into burning buildings, arrest dangerous felons, save the lives of the injured. The situations where these brave people do their job amazes me. I am so thankful for the times I have had to call 911 and a strong, caring individual came to my rescue.

20130911-171025.jpg386. United States Armed Forces. Oh, how I wish we lived in time where there was no fighting. Unfortunately, since the beginning of time there have been wars and battles. It is the way it is, because we have sin in this world. Praise God for our military forces that protect this great country of ours! We may not agree on everything going on in Washington DC, but there is a reason so many thousands of people around the world risk their life to live here.

20130911-171543.jpg387. Giving Nature of Everyday People. This barber decided to give free haircuts to the homeless men on the street. I wrote about my friend Tina who also gives haircuts to the homeless here. Twelve years ago, Mary Claire and her friend, Eileen wanted to help the Red Cross. So, this 9 and 10 year old stood on our corner asking for donations. My friend saved a dog’s life by getting involved and getting the owner to the hot car.

It can be scary to step out of our comfort zone. I mean, geez, doesn’t the world tell us that we should only think about ourselves? I am not perfect and am certainly selfish, but I don’t want to live for this “me” centered world. I find that that the times I gulp down a big lump of courage and do the right thing for my fellow human being, I am rewarded far greater than anything I do for them.

Have you witnessed someone sacrificing themselves for the better of someone else? Did it move you to give of yourself? Will you tell me about it in the comment section?

Thanks for stopping by,

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