SORROW FOR JOY: BEST TRADE EVER
I don't remember much of what I learned in the fifth grade, but I do remember Mr. Haley, soccer, baseball cards, and marbles.
Mr. Haley was a slight man with a balding head and a strange personality.
Soccer was conducted on the playfield after lunch every day.
Baseball cards were carried in my hip pocket to be used for serious trading.
And marbles, well, marbles were always available for a quick game when we could find some dirt and someone to play with.
I did a lot of trading that year; my favorite baseball card for one I wanted from someone else. If we wanted it bad enough, we would trade two or three cards for one. Whatever it took to make the deal when we had to have that special card.
Well, those days are long gone; most of those cars are lost or buried in my stuff somewhere.
When I first opened my heart and life to Jesus, I had no idea what he had traded so that I could have the joy of salvation. I knew the preacher said that what I got was free and all I had to do was receive it, not realizing the price Jesus paid for my freedom.
It was the trade of the ages far beyond anything we can comprehend or appreciate except through the power of the Holy Spirit. And the only way we can continue to release any appreciation is by continually praising his name and loving his presence.
I traded my sorrows for joy, my sins for salvation, and my death for life, all because of the work that Jesus accomplished on the cross and resurrection.
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