rebelling against low expectations

What’s the Lowest Price You’re Willing to Pay?


I feel inspired when I pick up a book and read about men and women who laid down their lives for the sake of the gospel.

People, real people, who have found perfect peace in God at the expense of the highest price they could pay – their lives.

Then I lay down the martyr stories book and glance at the schoolbook waiting patiently beside me on the bed.

I sigh lightly and look in the other direction, where my eyes begrudgingly acknowledge the growing metamorphosis of clothes on my “junk chair.”

I close my eyes in projected pain from the reminder, and there find a darkness easily filled with a daydream of how I’m suddenly sitting in a church and being asked a question.

“Are you a believer in Christ?”

“Wha-at?” I stutter, looking in a snarling soldier’s eyes.

He repeats the harsh question, and I stand up and say strongly, “Yes.”

Others around me are inspired by my confidence and bravery as I -….

I open my eyes and their gaze falls once again on the annoying schoolbook.

Martyrdom doesn’t always mean dying for the cause of Christ.

What’s the lowest price you’re willing to pay?

How many times will you die for Christ….by willingly going all the way downstairs and up again to get a water for your mom?

I run into life or death choices every day. All day, in fact.

The truth is that “life” (i.e., not killing my comfort bubble) is actually death.

And, by process of elimination, death is actually life.

In case that wasn’t confusing enough, consider this again: whenever you choose death to your old self, you’re choosing to give life to Christ’s cause.

One of my favorite quotes, like ever, is from Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:31: “I die daily.”

If that’s not martyrdom, I don’t know what is.

One day you and I may be given the opportunity to die in service to our King. But we don’t know when that may or may not happen, and in the meantime we may be shirking our daily deaths.

I’ve read that the character defining points in our day determine exactly what our priorities are.

It may be as simple as refusing to watch an offensive movie, or as difficult as coming clean about a transgression to someone in your workplace.

How low can you go, as they say?

Personally, I want to develop a sacrificial attitude that is so sensitive to God’s will that I’m just as willing to refuse Mac ‘n’ Cheese if it offends God, as I am to get tortured for Christ.

I want to be looking for ways to die!


Because that’s when I find life.

“He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 10:39).

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Jewel Schuurmans

is an 18-year-old living on the prairies of South Dakota. Her passions are learning, writing, and investing in her family. She feels immensely grateful for the blessings God had given her, and more than anything else she looks forward to the day when she can finally fall into the arms of her Savior.


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