“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Have you ever stopped to take note of what ingredients are in the majority of Christmas goodies and appetizers at parties? I really hadn’t paid much attention; that is, until this year. After attending three Christmas parties in the last few days I can tell you from firsthand experience that 99 percent of the food you and I love to consume this time of year (or, really, any time of year) contains one or some of the following: chocolate, some kind of dairy –be it cheese, cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk or just plain, old milk—, onions, garlic, or nuts. Am I right? Pay attention in the next week and you’ll see.
There’s a reason a lot of people put on weight during the holidays. But, thank goodness that’s not what this blog is about. No, I want to talk about sacrifice; specifically the sacrifices that we moms (and dads) make for our children. What does that have to do with Christmas and party food, you ask? Well, unfortunately, everything for me this year. See, I am still nursing my littlest man and over the last four and a half months I have figured out that his tiny tummy has some sensitivity to the foods I eat. Namely, dairy, chocolate, onions, garlic, and tree nuts give him gas. Not just cute little baby toot, passes with a smile gas. We’re talking horrible, inconsolable, wakes him up in the middle of the night screeching and writhing in pain gas which results in no sleep for baby, mommy or daddy. So, I have learned it is much better for all of us for me not to eat those things.
I cannot even begin to tell you how desperately I am craving something simple like an Oreo Blizzard, or pizza, or salsa, or…the list goes on. But I am a mom and making sacrifices is just what we do. Whether it’s giving up precious hours of sleep, having less time for our hobbies, putting our career on hold, buying a new pair of tennis shoes for our kiddos instead of some new boots for ourselves, or spending the baby’s nap time playing with big brother rather than reading that book we got for our birthday and haven’t gotten to start yet, we give things up all the time because we love our kids.
After not cooking, baking, or eating what I want for four months my restrictive diet has actually gotten a little easier…except at parties when the fudge and the cheese dips are calling my name and there is absolutely nothing I can eat. But, all I have to do is look at my littlest man and his sweet, smiling blue eyes and I know that abstaining from chocolate and dairy is a worthy sacrifice that I will make as long as I have to do so. Little dude is worth it.
And so are you. At least, that’s what God thought when He chose to fulfill His promises and send His Son to be born in a little town called Bethlehem thousands of years ago. It doesn’t even come close in comparison, but just like my little man is dependent on me to help keep his tummy free from the agony of gas, God knew we were dependent on Him to keep our lives free from the destruction of sin. We need to be saved from our selfishness, our pride, our deceitful hearts and our gluttony. We need a Savior, and God was faithful in making the ultimate sacrifice of His own Son to be just that.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Jesus came and died so that you and I might live freely and abundantly and eternally. His sacrifice was the ultimate sacrifice and it is why I am celebrating this season, dairy or no dairy. I pray that you, too, are celebrating this miracle and know God’s life-giving grace and peace personally this Christmas. If you don’t, I encourage you to get a Bible and start reading about the Christ Child in the New Testament book of Luke. It is the greatest story ever told about the greatest sacrifice ever made and one that will change your life if you let it.