Love, Sacrifice

Morning

I love morning! I especially love getting up early and watching the sun rise while I drink my tea and knit! I love how the sky glows with beautiful colors alive with light! I love the sense of joy and peaceful well-being that morning brings. I also feel excited because a new day brings with it new opportunities, new challenges, new things to learn, and another chance to give love and care to those closest to me. Morning is my favorite time of day, and the only thing that would make it even better would be to share it with someone I love!

My husband, however, happens to be a night owl! In his perfect world, he wouldn’t have to get up until 9am, and he wouldn’t have to verbally interact with anyone before 10am! How do we cope, some may wonder! How do we manage to not drive each other crazy?

It’s not easy, but it’s a beautiful opportunity. It’s been said that “It’s the little things that count.” The things that might easily go unnoticed. When you love someone, you are willing and able to sacrifice your own happiness for theirs – and to do it cheerfully and generously, and regularly. Love is not about bargaining; true love is about sacrifice. What are you willing to do, not do, or give up for the sake of one you love? Jesus gave up everything for us. He is our perfect example, and one who knows the pain and the great joy of sacrifice.

How do my husband and I manage mornings together? We each sacrifice for the other. I do everything I can to make a quiet and peaceful environment so he can sleep as long as possible, and I restrain my urge to make happy conversation and allow him to wake up slowly. I don’t complain about him staying up late. He makes an effort to be pleasant and cheerful in the morning. He doesn’t complain when I get up early. We do our best to give each other what we need. We’re not perfect, but we keep trying. That’s what love is about!

What’s your favorite time of day? What makes it so special to you? Do you have a favorite routine relating to your special time of day? Tell us about a sacrifice you have/are/will make for one(s) you love!

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