And he died for all,

that those who live

should no longer live for themselves

but for him who died for them and was raised again.

(2 Corinthians 5:15 NIV)

The truth of God’s word is always much grimier, grittier, and involving more elbow grease than I first assume. I know for certain that the practical application of living for Christ is in living with my children. My part in the perfect circle of a sacrificing life involves cheerios. No, seriously–cheerios. Sippy cups, stories read for the fifth time in a row, tiny frequent meals, messes, trips to the potty, wiping noses, coloring with chewed-up crayons, and cheerios broken into quarters so Henry won’t find reasons to choke on them.