We all know the word "sacrifice," we've probably heard it over a million times and we do not like it. We as humans do not like giving up anything but we also want to have it all. We often seek ways of doing things without having to sacrifice. However, there is nothing worth having that can be achieved without effort and sacrifice.
In order to establish and maintain any type of relationship, sacrifice is needed. Love requires sacrifice whether big or small. It may be mental, physical, spiritual or financial.
There are so many examples of sacrifices:
- Parent/ guardian giving up their lives for their kids.
- Spending hours, days, months talking to a friend or family member while they are going through a difficult situation.
- Giving a loved one money because they are in need.
- Caring for a relative who may be ill.
It's not easy putting someone's needs before your own. There may be moments of doubt and frustration when giving of your time, money or energy. Sacrifice is hard and the other person does not always recognize the extent of the sacrifice you are making. Also, the person may never be able to repay you for all you have done. Despite those facts, you must be comfortable within yourself knowing that you are doing what is right and necessary. Conversely, there are indivuduals who have sacrificed their time, money and energy to give you a better future whether that is in relation to pursuing your dreams, providing your basic needs or assisting you with becoming the best version of yourself.
If you don't sacrifice for what you want, what you want becomes the sacrifice.
We all have a long list of goals we want to achieve. Sometimes we want things but yet we fail to put in the effort needed to achieve it. We often do not want to give up anything in order to attain our goals. We desire for everything to come easily but life doesn't work that way. Anything worth having will not be achieved without sacrifice.
You may have to work 2 and 3 jobs to save money for that Masters Degree, you may have to cut down on your shopping to save money for that business, you may have to work 12 hours a day just to secure your job and you may have to eat in rather than eating out in order to buy that car.
It won't be easy and some days you may just want to cry because it seems like too much but do not be so quick to give up when it is hard. So what if you have to go through a tough season to reach your breakthrough? So what if your friends are going out and you have to stay home because you are trying to save money? You have to determine if your goal or temporary fun and material possessions are more important. When you have achieved your goals, the sacrifices you made will be worth it. You have to remind yourself of where you want to be and what you want to achieve.
I implore you to analyze your life and whether there are activities you are engaged in that are meaningless and simply taking up valuable time and money. The only way to reach your goals is to eliminate those things which are hindering you.
However, you should not sacrifice your health or well being for anything or anyone. You still need to know when enough is enough. Never sacrifice to your detriment. Never sacrifice your dignity. You must assess every situation and determine whether the sacrifice is beneficial.
What are you willing to sacrifice to accomplish your goals?
Char is the Editor of doseofinspiration246.com. A firm believer in Christ and has a deep love for her family. Char believes that we should always seek to uplift and encourage each other and she desires to continuously promote positivity.