Sac*ri*fice / [sak-ruh-fahys] to surrender or give up for the sake of something else.
Do you ever think about sacrifice? I think about that word in my head all the time.
Sure, I will sacrifice my run so we can have a really healthy meal together as a family.
or, I will sacrifice my sleep so I can stay up and snuggle with you or rock you to sleep.
I will sacrifice my girls weekend in order to stay home with the kids.
If you think about it, it can be a nasty word.
It can also be a very beautiful & powerful word.
I must admit, I thought about it in a selfish way. Who else do I have time to sacrifice for?
Then... I had an Ah-ha or as we say as members of the LDS faith would say; personal revelation.
I was standing in the shower pondering, thinking, asking, "Why? Why do I have to give this up?, I wanted to do this so badly." The answer came very clearly.
"Because to fully become more like the Savior, you must truly understand sacrifice."
Mothers understand Sacrifice, but do I truly understand it?
I understand that my role as a Mother means a lot of selfless acts. I now understand that it is important to do them with out complaint. Do them with love and compassion, because I have been given a very important job to do. That is the job of a mother.
I will give up my weekends, sleep, personal time because:
I am the one who:
...will tell you that you are a child of God.
...can comfort you when you are feeling out of sorts.
...can urge you to be creative, and use your talents.
...will teach you about the Savior and his sacrifice.
I know that sacrifice is not easy for any one. Being completely selfless is not at all easy.
We have a wonderful example. Someone who sacrificed without murmur or complaint.
I am trying to keep that in mind.
My loved ones that I make sacrifices for are worth it.
I am a child of God,
and so my needs are great.
Help me to understand his words.
Before it grows to late.
Lead me, guide me, walk beside me,
help me find the way.
Teach me all that I must do.
To live with him someday.