In my words, giving up something you love so that you can give help to others such as friends, family, or even complete strangers is what sacrifice is all about. We often make sacrifice to be about us, and when we do this it gets distorted from its true intent. Sacrifice is a completely selfless act. When we give of ourselves or of what God has blessed us with, without expecting anything in return – that is true sacrifice. If we ask ourselves if what we are doing is honoring God, then we know it is sacrifice. It is good to honestly evaluate our reasons.
For me, sacrifice was needed when I first chose to change my life. I had to make some hard decisions on who I could allow in my life on a regular basis -- whether it was friends or family. Disconnecting from friends was hard, but not quite as hard as disconnecting from family who were toxic and would pull me down spiritually in a short amount of time. I was struggling with chemical dependence and needed to make a change. For me, this was part of my family life, which made it rather tough. I had to sacrifice what I had always known for something new.
I honestly needed to apprise my situation. I could either sacrifice for my greater good and the well-being of those I came into contact with, or sacrifice myself and stay trapped in a harmful situation. I chose the healthy sacrifice over the unhealthy one. I chose not to continue to be drawn into the toxicity of some relationships.
Sacrifice is hard, but absolutely necessary for physical, mental, and spiritual growth. It is only through sacrifice can we find true fulfillment in life.
John Davis grew up in Shawnee. He is active in church and in several Christ-based 12 step programs. He enjoys serving in church and loves helping people no matter where their journey is taking them. Davis says that we are called to help brighten someone else’s light and he firmly believes that we all have a calling to be that light for them.