Return on Sacrifice

I’m sure you can think of several people who would be good examples of sacrifice (meaning they’re good at doing it). Mother Theresa is probably one of the first ones to come to mind, but how about the people you see every day?

The friend I mentioned yesterday is one of my good examples. Of course, whenever I comment about how much she and her family is involved in at our church, she says that I do a lot… but my proof, about ‘real’ sacrifice, is evident when we get discussing & praying concerning political matters. My temptation is to say that she’s smarter & better at it than I am, but she has admitted that she doesn’t particularly enjoy it (politics). But she gets involved because of her concern.

Another person that many of us might think of as a good example of sacrifice, would be our mothers. My argument about that (at least, for myself as a mother), is that I’m only doing what my heart dictates that I have to do—and how can you help but love your own child? (This has nothing to do with my article, but there’s a neat post in my son’s journal today. Besides, it’s about time I linked to him, since he linked to me awhile ago. He’s been typing since grade 5, and soon got the nickname “fast-fingers”, which shortens in some edit boxes to “fastfinge”… so go see “fastfinge’s freakings”!)

Mind you, I remember reading a novel about a lady who ran away from her husband & kids, and though it seemed very strange at first, I began to understand. It’s the responsibility that she ran away from. Imagine living in a situation where you had absolutely no responsibility—only yourself to care for! No appointments, nothing that had to be done by a certain time…

So in a sense, probably everyone practices at least a little bit of sacrifice every day. But that brings us to a sort of conundrum about sacrifice. It seems that there is always a return, if only the gratitude from the person you’re giving to, so how can it be ‘sacrifice’ if you’re getting something out of it? And sometimes, the greater the sacrifice, the more you get out of it!

“If you give to others, you will be given a full amount in return. It will be packed down, shaken together, and spilling over into your lap. The way you treat others is the way you will be treated.” (Luke 6:38)

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