Virtue of the Week: Sacrifice

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.Mother Teresa

The Miracle of Sacrificial Love
From Randy’s Blog – September 28, 2011

The word sacrifice is made up of “sacri” and “ficio”, which means “to make holy”. The greatest example in my life of sacrificial love is how my parents Joe and Kathy Traeger have cared for my handicapped sister Kimberlee. Their sacrifices have made her handicap “holy” and form the miraculous spiritual foundations of our extended families.

Kim was in and out of hospitals most of her childhood. At the age of 15 Kim nearly lost her life to pneumonia. Kim could have easily been institutionalized, but from that time on, and for the past 24 years, Mom and Dad have cared for her at home, tending to her every need, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Mom and Dad always viewed Kim’s handicap as having been chosen by God to receive a special blessing. They understand the extraordinary purpose for being blessed with Kim. They know exactly what He meant when asked by His disciples about whose sin caused a man’s blindness, Jesus told his disciples that the blind man’s condition was for God’s glory (see John 9). Kim’s handicap is for God’s glory.

Kim has become the cornerstone of our family. The unconditional love that Mom and Dad rendered to Kim set the standard for how we siblings love our own children. Mom and Dad’s 8 other children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren have become the beneficiaries of this shining example of unconditional love. Sacrifice has taken on a new meaning for us. As parents we all know that we will have to sacrifice some things for our kids. Financial sacrifices, sacrifices of our time, sacrificing the ability to sleep late on Saturday mornings! But what about the fact that one special child (like Kim) can literally take over our entire life? Our entire emotional well-being? All of our time and all of our future plans? Would you be willing to sacrifice your entire life for a child?