Happy Memorial Day! Today we remember those who sacrificed their lives for our country. I want to finish up the topic of Marketplace Marriages by reflecting on sacrifice.
Sacrifice is as an act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy.
Janet and I will often sacrifice time from our work schedules to help each other. Our businesses are important, but our marriage is more important, it is more worthy. Let me give you an example:
Janet will sacrifice time at her business to travel with me on a work trip, she knows how much I like it when she is with me. I will occasionally stop what I am doing at the office to help her when she feels overwhelmed at work.
It’s not that what I do isn’t important, but I understand that my help can sometimes be more important at that moment.
In business, we often make sacrifices. We will sacrifice potential profits to serve better, to go the extra mile, and not to cut corners. In the end, this sacrifice leads to a supernatural business.
You may not have the freedom to leave your job to help your spouse. You both might have to work and have different kinds of constraints.
You can find other ways to support your spouse – wake up earlier to pray for your spouse. Sacrifice watching a game or your favorite TV show to pick up the house or do the dishes.
Everyone has something they can sacrifice to better support their spouse.
John 15:13 NIV – “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Sacrifice is an essential component to having a strong marriage. I want to reiterate that a strong marriage is good for your business.
Through this month I hope you have seen how your marriage affects your business. Let’s commit to be more intentional with this relationship in everything we do.
Mark 10:29-30 NLT – “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life.