“… While not considered “rich,” she gave up a life of “ease and splendor” and …”

God gave His only begotten son, so that we might have life everlasting.  God didn't consider it a SACRIFICE, but a GIFT.

God gave His only begotten son, so that we might have life everlasting. God didn’t consider it a SACRIFICE, but a GIFT.

Sacrifice: I was told many years ago by a very learned man…. It is not a sacrifice when we do something we want to do ….no matter…. What we give up. Sacrifice is defined as a loss, or something you give up, usually for the sake of a better cause.  Sacrificing Saturday “little league” with you boys, so you can go fishing…. Um…that’s not sacrificing.   Working on Saturday’s so that you might be able to send you child to college…. That’s a sacrifice.  Working the night shift, in order to earn a 25% bonus each week, so that you can buy that 32’ cabin cruiser, is not a sacrifice.  Going into the ministry, earning barely minimum wages, is a sacrifice… as you gave up a better paying career for the privilege of serving God.  Some might consider that a sacrifice; and God might even give you the benefit of the doubt.  But, for me, I think serving God, through a ministry, is a privilege, a gift, and a calling….not a sacrifice.  Some might think that Peter and the Apostles sacrificed to follow Jesus.  Remember in Luke 18: 21-23, when the Rich young Ruler asked Jesus what he must do to follow Him.  –  And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.” When Jesus heard this, He said to him, “One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when he had heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich.  There are many stories of the saints who gave their entire fortunes to the poor, only to serve God. We don’t hear many stories like that today; an exception to that might be Mother Teresa. While not considered “rich,” she gave up a life of “ease and splendor” and entered the convent at age 18, NEVER to see her family again. Then at age 29, she started her own Order….the Sisters of Charity. She literally lived on the streets with the poorest of the poor. She taught the children of Calcutta to read and write, using the dirt road bed as a black board. Her story of SACRIFICE is everywhere to be read. We might ask ourselves…. What in your wallet? ….Blessings…cjlb…7/3/14

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About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.

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