Making Sacrifices as One

Things in my home is starting to get back to normal.  I have been quiet for the past two weeks because my household has been sick.  It seems like one after another, we’re coming down with something (a cold) and we’re out of commission.  Homeschool had to pause for a week, but I thank God everyday that we’re a head and not behind. I am also very thankful that the children are feeling well enough to continue Monday.

My household coming down with a cold that required multiple doctor visits (and ended with one with an ear infection), reminded me so much of a Bible passage of 1 Corinthians 12:12-27.

Sacrifices as one
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ….”

Our little family is one body.  The husband who is the head of the household, the wife is the neck, and the children make up the other various parts of the system.  If one is sick or not able to do its part, then the body suffers.  The head cannot say that it’s of no concern to the pains of the  hands or the foot.  The foot cannot say that issues with the head does  not affect the foot.

As one body–one family body–we are all connected.  My family fell ill last week, and firsthand it affected each one of us, starting with the baby and ending with myself.  But I’ve noticed that when one is down we’re all down.  We adjust meals to suit the sick one.  We change our schedules so that focus and attention can be given where necessary.

In the end, we adjust our lives to accommodate and help the individual who cannot help themselves.

So it was not merely enough for me to recognize when one member was sick.  There had to be more of an understanding–a sacrifice on the body to bring one part back up to health.

I am thankful that we’re getting better, but I’m even more thankful that we have been forced to slowdown.  We have been halted in our footsteps and are constantly reminded what is most important in our lives.

It’s not how much money we can make, or how many opportunities we receive.  The heart of why we do what we do is for family.  So, while it’s hard to take care of a sick loved one, or in my case, many sick loved ones, it is always best to remember that you are doing the best thing in the world now for them by:

  • Nurturing them.
  • Showing them what matters most in life.
  • Loving them.

This is so important, because as time goes on, our memories becomes muddled.  But one thing we will never forget is how our parents took care of us when we were sick and cannot do for us.

As parents, we never forget how our little babies cling to us for comfort and security when they are not feeling well.

And finally, as a loved one, how we gather to show comfort and love to a member who is passing.

If it can be all summed up in a few words it would be this: through sacrifice, there’s love.

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