“Clean your dirty dishes!” I barked at one of my teenagers. And so my daughter dutifully rinsed off her bowl and loaded it into the dishwasher, yet she overlooked other dishes still caked with breakfast detritus. This led to another conversation about going the extra mile—doing more than what seems like enough, giving beyond what is required and looking for ways to serve and love others that might require more sacrifice than what feels “good” or necessary.
After all, Jesus doesn’t just call us to give; he calls us to give generously. Jesus could have given far less; one drop of his blood could have saved us all. Yet he freely chose to shed every last bit of it. He never stopped to count the cost. He gave what is beyond “enough” or sufficient. If there was more to give, he gave it.
With Christ as our example, may we learn to do the same.
- Kate Wicker
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