To be honest, sacrifice has not been a word that I commonly use. On the surface, we can know the definition of a word, but we also have to consider whether a word conveys the significance or nuance we hope to pinpoint.
I don’t often speak or write about what I’ve given up, for two reasons: one reason is that I know my life is much easier than others, and the other reason is that I haven’t wanted to give anyone permission to evaluate. Does that sound terrible? I don’t know yet. It’s a new idea for me.
Sacrifice is relevant to me right now because I just made one and it was challenging. I anguished and I cried a little. It was not something I had thought about for a long time beforehand. In the moment, I just knew it was the right thing to do.
True sacrifice, used in a spiritual context, is based on love of sufficient potency that it allows pain, deprivation, loss, or limitation to be less important than the accomplishment of a goal or aim. –GurujiMa
I like this explanation of sacrifice because it mentions the existence of a motive. Many people sacrifice for no apparent gain which can sadly go unnoticed, but I think I am alright with admitting that, on occasion, I have given up one thing for something else that is better. Sometimes it is better for others, sometimes it is better for me, sometimes it is better for all.
The nuance I hope to pinpoint now is that I often believe this kind of sacrifice to be a spiritual action. This is the part I will spend more time reflecting about.
How many of the risks we take are grounded in spirituality, hope, or faith?