The Gift of Surrender

Advent 2014

Day 20

The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

Jesus' ArrestSurrender: the acceptance of despair; the verbal act of accepting defeat. According to the definition surrender is a negative outcome of a struggle or fight. We probably think of it most frequently in terms of war and associate compromise with the term.

However, not every surrender is a compromise nor is it a sign of defeat. But it does mean a shift in priorities. When Gene and I decided to start a family, I surrendered to Gene’s desire for me to become a stay-at-home mom. There was really no compromise or defeat there for me. But I did have to shift my priorities. Being a stay-at-home mom meant sacrifices had to be made. I could no longer pick up and go as I pleased, buy the latest fashions, or sleep in Saturday mornings. It also meant doing without big things like new cars, extravagant vacations, and a hefty retirement fund. To some, my surrender may have looked like a form of defeat and compromise. Nevertheless, I set my focus on the welfare of my children. Nothing I could have earned monetarily speaking could have made up for the time I invested in Melinda and Rachel. They were my primary purpose in life while they were growing up. And they were well worth the sacrifices Gene and I made.

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Tomorrow, we’ll discuss the Gift of Sacrifice. Prepare by reading and meditating on Matthew 27:32-50

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

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