Everything Costs Something

freedom01There is an old saying that there is no such thing as a free lunch. The idea behind this saying is that there is a cost to everything, and I’m not talking about a monetary price. For that free lunch of yours, someone had to not only buy the food but take the time to prepare it as well. So if it’s not free for someone to offer something like this, why do they do it? The answer is clear that there are some things worth more than money.

Although this should be obvious I’m going to say it anyways – The greater something is, the more it costs.

The cost of a free lunch is not the same as getting into shape. The cost of sitting on the TV is not the same as creating. Each of these have a cost, some of us are okay with paying and others we are not. The cost of being successful is high, but the cost of freedom is higher.

On the heels of Memorial Day where we honor the men and women who have died to protect our freedoms, I am reminded that even freedom has a cost. You can’t pay for freedom with money or you can’t barter for it with your favorite material item in your house. Freedom comes with an even greater cost, blood. Why pay such a high price for this? Because it’s worth it. Men and women across the world not only serve, but die to pay the price for our freedoms. They believe that the freedoms they protect is worth more than their life. For that I am grateful!

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What is love?

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Baby don’t hurt me.

Seriously though. We use that word in so many different contexts that many people don’t even know what it really means anymore. We get it confused because we don’t get what it means to express love.

For far too many of us, the most common expression of this is just how it makes us feel, but what even worse the world tries to teach us that the greatest expression of love is sex. The greatest expression is sex?! Don’t get me wrong, God designed it to be beautiful, wonderful, and pleasurable, but that doesn’t mean that a physical act is the greatest expression of love.

My mom loves me and I love my mom. I have friends I have known since I was 10-11 years old that I love deeply. And to top it all off, Jesus loves us without fail.

Not in a single one of these cases can you remotely say the greatest expression is anything close to sex.

Do you know what the greatest expression of love is? Sacrifice.

Love is a 14 year old who just told her dad that she hates him, but he still works two jobs so that she has food on the table and a roof over her head.

Love is giving up a Friday night out because your best friend is in a depression and needs a friend.

Love is willing to damage a friendship because you want to do what is right.

Love is Jesus dying a cross so that we no longer have to have to live under the bondage of sin and we can live free.

It is in what we sacrifice that shows who deep love can go.
What have you sacrificed due to love?

Triumphal Entry

palm “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” They cried as he entered the city. Hosanna!

But how quickly they turned on Him when He said things they didn’t like. How quickly they turned on Him when He promoted love instead of the law.

“NOT I!!” You may think, but let’s be honest. How different are we from those who condemned Him? How different are we from His disciples who denied Him?

But… “God showed his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”