As words go this is not my favorite word. Even in Lent. I am not one who actually makes any sacrifice in Lent. I still eat my chocolate, dessert, or surf the net. Rather, I prefer to do something positive, or take on a special ministry. One year I decided to give to Habitat for Humanity on a monthly basis, and three years later we are still doing it. This year I am finding one extraneous thing in my home or my closet to donate each day. At the end of Lent I’ll have 40 items to donate for others to use and enjoy. I’m not sure we are called to sacrifice by God. I am sure we are called to always be positive and to love, love, love.
“…and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’—this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” Matthew 12:33