- How do you show love toward others?
- Have you ever had to give up something for another person?
- What did God "give up" for us to show us God's unconditional love?
Reading: Ephesians 5:2
One day I went into a local shoe store and bought a brand new pair of dress shoes. As I was leaving the store, I thought of a story my dad told me one time about shoes. I remember him saying that there was a time when he had a pair of shoes with a hole in the sole. He still wore them to work because he couldn't afford a new pair. He had other priorities which took precedence over getting a new pair of dress shoes. As he sat with the people he served in his work, he had to remember not to cross his legs and reveal his "holy shoes."
My dad made a sacrifice for my sister and me. Instead of getting new shoes for himself, he made sure that we were fed and taken care of. I'm sure it wasn't easy for him to walk in those shoes with the holes, but to him his family was more important than the well-being of his own footwear.
If you are like me, you appreciate more of what you have when you have less of it. If you only have one of your favorite cookies, you savor the taste. If you have a whole bag, you tend to eat them faster and not appreciate them as much. When I was first starting out on my own, I think I was more grateful for what I had then as opposed to now. Material goods are a lot easier to come by for me now and I don't think I appreciate them as much.
Appreciate what you have and remember, sacrifices can be good. And dad, the shoes I bought at that shoe store are "repairable," I'm told. I can the soles fixed some day if I need to! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Mediate on or discuss with others the following quote: "Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." (Abraham Lincoln)