Pass the Liberty... Pass on Liberty

But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours should become a stumbling-block to them that are weak. I Corinthians 8:9 (KJV)

A good friend of mine told me a story about some friends of hers. The group got together at least once per year, and engaged in different activities. One year, it was picking strawberries; one year, going to the theater, and even taking one year to travel.

One member of the group was diagnosed with cancer. She had to go through grueling chemotherapy, and eventually lost all of her hair. She was reluctant to go to the next reunion, but finally agreed to show up. She decided it best that she wear a wig, because she didn’t want to face her good friends with such a drastic change in her outward appearance. She was shocked when she arrived, and noticed that every member of the gang was wearing a wig!

It may seem like such a little thing, but imagine how strong the bond of friendship, the essence of Christianity, the character of self, was made in such a small token. 

Christianity is about belief in Christ, but also about self-sacrifice. Those ladies had the right to show up looking their absolute best from head to toe. They could have invested hours in the salon. Instead, they chose to give. They made a sacrifice of self to make someone else comfortable. It seems like such a small thing, but so many miss the essence of Christ. He sacrificed himself for others. He was uncomfortable, to make others comfortable. He gave all that He had in order to make others all that they can be. 

If it is so simple, why don’t we do it for each other every day? Why don’t we give the ultimate sacrifice, our freedom, in order to help someone else?

It is, quite frankly, that simple

Heavenly Father, we thank you for all that you have done for us. We pray that you would give us a mind to give to others as you have given to us; to bless others as we have been blessed. We pray that you would help us day by day, to make sacrifices to lift each other up, and not to tear down. In Jesus' name: AMEN.