Love can suck the life right out of you. But in a good way.

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13

Some people die or risk death saving someone else in emergency situations. Some people choose professions that require risking their lives for strangers. Until we are faced with the reality of it, none of us actually know whether we’d choose to die for someone else, even for someone we love. While it’s not death, sometimes we lay down some of things that make up our lives, like our time, our energy, our space, our resources, and our comfort, because we love someone who needs those things from us. There are days when death seems quicker and easier than the tedium of daily laying down of life that caregivers and others engaged in long-term support for loved ones experience. Whatever we lay down when we choose love over self reflects and punctuates the great love that God has for all of us.

Lord, thank you for not requiring this of me but doing it for me. I would like to get to a point when love doesn’t feel so sacrificial and I’m not so protective of my own concerns. Show me how.