I am no stranger to sacrifice where others are concerned. My life has been about taking care of other people. I have sacrificed time and the things I'd like to be doing for many years. Sacrificed friendships, events, movies, dinners out, trips. . .I could go on, but I'm sure you get the picture.
It is easy to believe we are good Godly people when things go our way. It's when we are called upon to give up some of our comfort, for the good of someone else, the truth comes out. If I am so set in my ways, unyielding to helping someone else, it is me who loses out. I lose out on the opportunity to be used of God, the opportunity to feel the joy of helping someone in need.
To be available to lend yourself to the good of another is the work of God. Sacrifice, by it's very definition is painful, but so rewarding. Everyday I minister to people in need. Sick, hurting, scared people. It is a privilege to be a part of their healing, whether it be physical, spiritual or emotional.
Fantasizing the freedom to give until it hurts and reap great rewards.