I'm currently in the process of learning what so many of you promised that I would... that parenting takes sacrifice. For Heather more so than for myself right now, but still. And I am reminded that the sacrifices that I or Heather make, which seem big right now, are still just a shadow of the cross.
The cross is where God showed the extent of his willingness to sacrifice for us to become his children. The only difference is that while Jude just stays up all night and poops, we were in active disobedience and rebellion toward God.
And the very life of Christ is in us. "It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me." The one who at infinite cost to himself sacrificed to make us a part of God's family, gives us the strength to sacrifice for our families. How could we do anything less? The gospel both demands it and invites us joyfully into this life.