When you are with me, I’m free
I’m careless, I believe
Above all the others we’ll fly
This brings tears to my eyes
I have a question I’d like to ask you: What does sacrifice mean to you? And how does it make you feel?
When was the last time you’ve sacrificed something for someone?
I watched an interesting movie the other day, it was called Beautiful Creatures. I really liked it because I felt that it was full of little life lessons and practical quotes. Here’s an excerpt of the script dealing with this topic:
“I don’t want to preach today, instead I just wanna talk to you, about a word we don’t hear much anymore. Sacrifice. It’s not what I would call a modern word. People hear the word sacrifice, and they become afraid that something will be taken away from them or that they will have to give up something they couldn’t live without. Sacrifice, to them, means loss in a world telling us we could have it all. But I believe true sacrifice is a victory. That’s because it requires free will to give up something for someone you love, or something or someone you love more than yourself. I won’t lie to you. It’s a gamble. Sacrifice wont take away pain and loss, but it wins the battle against bitterness, the bitterness that dims the light on all of the true value in our lives” – Reverend Stephens
I felt this speech was so poignant. To me, the word sacrifice in itself evokes a sense of loss, of rendition, of compromise, of letting go, of not getting what you want, of heartache and pain.
But the real question is: Is it worth it?
Why do we sacrifice? We’re always surrendering for something or someone else. It could be our God, our father, our brother, our lover, our friend, our neighbor. To make them happy, to prove our love, to calm an argument.
Unfortunately, the person that you’re willing to resign something for, the sad truth is that if they’re not “on the same boat as you”. If you feel like you’re giving more than you’re getting, you’re going to end up regretting the compromises you’ve been making.
We live in a world where sacrifices are routine and compromises are necessary.
The idea is not to let go of sacrifice, but to value it.
Make sure you feel in your heart that it’s worth it. Know why you’re doing it, and hold that reason up high. It’s the only way to let go of resentment and achieve true virtue.