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Sacrifice

Everyone experiences it, no matter what class, culture, or society that you were born into. What sacrifice(s) are you currently involved in? Are they to better yourself and others? What factors determine a sacrifice noble? These questions are presented, for you to answer for yourself, and to reflect upon. Sometimes we make a sacrifice that is decided upon with the best of intentions, the noblest of causes, but if you don’t commit to a sacrifice in full faith, it will always be for naught. For me, my first understandings about sacrifice are my parents, and all the sacrifices they made to raise my brother, and sister and I. Granted, not everyone can relate to that being their first understanding of the meaning of the word “sacrifice”. But ask yourself the question “What was my first understanding of the meaning of the word sacrifice?”

Some of us may still have that first understanding of the meaning as the “only” meaning of the word. This is not a bad thing, but is it the best thing? To have only one understanding…to have only one perspective? Share with those you love, your perspective of the sacrifices that they have made in their life, and they will show you that the beautiful diamond of life has many facets, and your side of the diamond is truly only one.

Even though sometimes sacrifices feel like a lonely path traveled, there is a reason why we have people important in our lives and why we meet people in our lives along this journey. They may have gone through something similar or currently be going through something similar, and have some wisdom to share for you to hear/or vice versa.

*Remember though, to actually celebrate when we run into problems and trials that are presented to us in reference to sacrifice, for we know that they help us develop endurance, (just like cardio exercise!). And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. This hope will not lead to disappointment! It can only lead to growth.

-III

*excerpts are from Romans 5:3-5

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  1. January 13, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Great post! People often just want results without considering what sacrifices must be made in order to get them.

  2. Kyle
    August 3, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I love this post. We wake up every day and make decisions where we sacrifice what we may desire in the moment but deter us from our greater goals. What helps me is looking at my sacrifices as an investment. Instead of eating fatty sugary foods that I may be craving, I stick to my diet plan, and by making this very small sacrifice daily over time, I am able to achieve my goal weight. Not to mention the pride of making a decision and staying with it. It is empowering, and it gives me confidence in all other aspects of my relationship, career, and every other areas of my life. Just a little sacrifice pays off in mountains of pride.

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