It was 10PM and my term paper still had to be typed. It was 1976 and personal computers were yet to be invented. All I had was an electric typewriter. I had written the final draft and proofread it and was ready to type it, but I was tired. My father grabbed the paper from my hands.
“Go to sleep. I’ll type it for you!”
“But Dad,” I protested. “You need to go to work tomorrow! You’ll be tired!”
He smiled, “Don’t worry about me. It is more important for you to get a good night’s sleep. Go!”
I knew better to argue with my father and resigned myself to getting a good night’s sleep. The next morning, my term paper was bundled neatly on the table, perfectly typed. Typing my term papers was just one way my father sacrificed his time and energy for me. He insisted on waking up early to fix my lunch, doing the laundry, cleaning the house-I helped whenever I could, but he was always insistent that school work came first. “Don’t worry about anything else, just concentrate on school!”
So, of course, I did not want to let him down. I worked hard in school and made him proud of me. I wanted him to know that his sacrifices for me were not in vain. I never felt burdened or overwhelmed. I knew whatever sacrifice I made, paled in comparison for what he did for me. All my father wanted was to hear me say, thank you. And I did…every chance I could.
And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
Colossians 2:13-14 (ESV)
My father’s example helped me to understand my relationship with Jesus Christ after I accepted Him as my Lord and Savior. By taking my sins and nailing them to the Cross, Jesus sacrificed His very life to make sure that I would have eternal life. Nothing I could ever do will ever repay Him for His sacrifice. All I can do is thank Him and live my life in continual gratitude for what He has done for me. And I do…every chance I get.
Thank you, Dad, for all the sacrifices you made for me.
Thank you, Jesus. Nothing I ever do will ever repay the sacrifice You made for me.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.