Personal Sacrifice


Friday, August 5, 2011

I have gotten into the game thing on my Ipad, but it is a game that has been around for a long tme. In fact, I have played this game with my self when I was 5-6 and played it with my grandma on snow days and with my parents. It seems to never get tiring and I have found that my son plays it as well on some occasions. Have you guessed it yet? It is a card game and is played with the whole deck. The next clue will give it away. It consists of 7 piles with a turned up card each time you lay the cards down. For some of you, you will know it as solitaire and for others Klondike. What is interesting on the computer, you can take a card from the four piles at the top and use the card to play on the bottom runs to open up another pile and turn a card over. The object of the game is to play all of the bottom cards on the 4 piles at the top from A to K in consecutive order.

What I don’t want to do in the game is to take a card from the top pile and sacrafice it back on the bottom pile. But if you don’t do that at times, you will never be able to turn the cards over on the bottom of the piles and won’t win. I see that as a metaphor in the Christian life. Jesus saw that the only way for me and for you to experience freedom from sin was to sacrifice himself on the cross so that we could experience freedom and victory. There are times in life where He wants us to sacrifice something that is important to us for the greater good of others like He did. Sometimes that means being a servant to others when we are tired and want to just go to bed. Sometimes it means turning off a show on television that we love to watch to connect with a spouse or a child in what they need. Sometimes it may mean giving up our resources for others who are in need.

The ultimate sacrafice was Jesus Christ choosing to give his life up and disconnect from the Father so that we could be allowed to experience freedom and eternal life. In the game of solitaire, sometimes we need to take cards that have been played on one of the 4 piles and pull it off the pile to open up another pile to hopefully win the game. God is calling us to live a life of sacrafice in various areas of life so that others my life and experience what God wants them to experience.

On this journey, sometimes to move forward on our path means that we have to take some steps back for the good of others.

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About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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