There are some characters which appear very gentle as long as everything goes well with them; but at the touch of any adversity or contradiction, they are immediately enkindled, and begin to throw forth smoke like a volcano. Such as these may be called burning coals hidden under ashes. This is not the meekness which our Lord aimed to teach, that He might make us like Himself. We ought to be like lilies among thorns, which, though they come from amid such sharp points, do not cease to be smooth and pliable. -St. Bernard
(Actually, I probably made a LOT of mistakes yesterday…but the one that I referenced you might have caught! There were TWO entries for March 28th and none for March 29th!) Obviously, I typed in the wrong date.
We make a lot of mistakes in life–just like we make a lot of plans. Lots of times we make plans without considering what God would intend for us. Jeremiah reminds us in chapter 29:11-For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
In thinking about what I could add to the discussion of sacrifice, having come late to the party and drawing the last spot of the month, I turned to one of my favorite sources for information: the dictionary.
Quickly I found myself falling down an etymological rabbit hole that only an English Major (yes, that would be me!) could love. This isn’t a scholarly article and I wouldn’t want to bore you anyway, but my investigation did suggest a line of approach to the topic of sacrifice.
One morning in college, I woke up, got ready and drove to a church to buy myself a purity ring. My heart ached a little bit at the thought of it, because even at that time, the last word that I would have used to define myself was “pure.”