Sacrifice is the surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim. I don’t love the word. To be honest, some days I would rank this word right up there with bludgeon, murder, contempt, and other such words of which I would never want to be associated. Yet, it is a prerequisite of accomplishing anything impactful, lasting, and worthwhile.
So why this loathing for something so necessary? You know the answer just as well as I do. Who wants to surrender anything desirable? Nobody. Who wants to give up any prized possession for destruction? Not me. In fact, the very act of letting go of something that at the most, is giving me great pleasure, status or comfort and, at the least, is providing a sense of familiarity and security is nauseating.
Why must we let go of the lesser to gain the greater? Why can’t we just have them both? Well, the answer to these questions is the same one that you may have received from your parents on one or more occasions; “because I said so!” Now, understand the “I” here is not me. No, this “I” refers to the universal Law of Capacity.
FILL ME UP
We are going to perform a virtual experiment. Close your eyes and imagine your hands filled with silver coins. Now, as you are on your way to deposit them or to put them to good use, you stumble across a pile of gold coins. The only rule in this imaginary land of coins is that you can only take what you can hold in your hands. So, would you release the silver coins for the gold? Of course, you would. Why? Silver is valuable. Silver is a blessing. Silver is increase. Yet, Gold is greater in all three categories. So, it is abundantly clear, in this example, that it is to our advantage to sacrifice the good for the better.
THE PROBLEM IS THIS…
So, if we realize and understand that we have to let go of what may be good to get something better, what is at the root of the indecision or refusal to take the next step and sacrifice? There are three most common reasons.
Lack of Vision
Dream big! Stir up your imagination! Begin to think about the things that you would do if you had no budgetary or time constraints. What does that look like? Once you get a picture in your mind, begin to break it down into smaller steps and goals. Now, what seemed too large to even contemplate, is looking at lot more doable. This is how you begin to let go of the lesser things for the greater.
Lack of Knowledge
What if you had no idea that the value of gold was greater than that of silver? If there is no realization, perception or belief that there is something greater then there is no impetus for change. You must start to learn all that you can about whatever it is for which you are empting your hand. Knowledge will give your vision legs and walk right into the plan and purposes that will carry your vision to completion.
If you’re satisfied with what’s in your hand, if that’s really true, then let’s not call it complacency, let’s call it contentment. But, if you truly want more and you know that there is more within you, don’t just sit on your laurels. Breakout of your self-imposed limitations and go for the gold!
IN IT TO WIN IT
So, the first thing we must decide is are we willing to empty our hands of what we have to fill them with what we ultimately desire. As it relates to writing; are you willing to let someone else take over the newsletter so that you can really start to work on writing your blog? Are you willing to cut back on the blog and risk losing the accolades or following that you have garnered to put the time in to finish your book? There are a hundred similar questions for a hundred different situations. But, If the answer is yes, then we must embrace that nine-letter word that I opened with and realize that it really isn’t such a vile word after all.
Blessings and happy writing!
(Thankful to my Savior who sacrificed it all!)