Novelist Orson Scott Card made a interesting observation in regards to sacrifice. “Happiness is not a life without pain, but rather is life in which pain is traded for a worthy price.” Whether you are referring to freedom of speech, defending a just cause or standing up for what you believe, nothing is accomplished with a cost.
Perhaps, your reputation takes a hit, attacked by those with opposing views. Or friendships are estranged as your worldview comes in direct conflict with a person you care about. Either way, actions, choices and decisions will create enemies, hatred or jealousy. What you need to determine is… is it worth the price?
When becoming of disciple of Jesus became popular, motives for following were mixed. Some wanted to join because it was cool, others for the fame and a few for the right reasons. Thus, Jesus set the bar high in Luke 9:57-62, causing many to quit, unable to pay the price. Whether you are excelling as an athlete, student or servant, to become the greatest in anything takes unswerving devotion. May you consider the costs, make up your mind and take a leap of faith, paying the price today to achieve a better tomorrow.
by Jay Mankus