In The Key to Everything, the protagonist Genny faces a sacrifice she never saw coming. In fact, as the author writing the story, I never saw it coming either. But, there it was, and I wondered if I were challenged in the same way whether I would be able to follow through as Genny did.
When I think of sacrifice, O. Henry’s wonderful short story, “The Gift of the Magi,” leaps to mind. With little in the way of resources, Jim and Della struggle to find a meaningful gift for the other. Both make a sacrificial choice, which illustrates the lengths they will go to because of their mutual love.
Sacrifice always points to love. Perhaps that is why it is at the center of so many of our stories.
It is for sure the crux of THE story.
We see it illustrated so beautifully in this familiar verse, “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life” (John 3:16 The Message).
I’m thankful Jesus did not shrink from sacrifice. Though he prayed the cup might pass from him, he added the caveat if it were God’s will. In the end, He pressed forward without hesitation, and chose to sacrifice His precious life on our behalf so that we might have a “whole and lasting life.”
Yes, sacrifice always points to love.
During this wonderful Easter season, let us be especially grateful for His sacrificial love and the life we may have because of it.
About the Author:
Beverly Varnado is an award winning author, screenwriter, blogger and artist who lives in North Georgia with her husband, Jerry. In addition to The Key to Everything, she has written two novels,and a nonfiction book, Faith in the Fashion District. She has a screenplay optioned for a film.
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