Thursday, June 16, 2011
What amused us was the passionate response to the sacrifice. My middle schooler would describe the class reaction as a "freak out" and she would be right. The candy, and in such large and unique quantity was valuable to them and hard to give up. They were really bothered by it. It was a great lesson for me, as I thought: what's my candy bar? What do I have trouble giving up? Do I only sacrifice what I calculate as not that costly? Do I get upset at giving up things I really like but are not all that valuable?
As I considered this I was asked to help with some youth events (that greatly minister to my daughters) and my first response was, uhhhh--errrr, well don't ya know I am doing VBS and really behind in some other ministry work as a result? My second upon reflecting from the profound Hershey lesson: yeah sure, I will give up some time and order in my schedule to help.
What if I take that milk chocolate wisdom into every arena, avoiding "freak outs" and present the blasted treat with joy?