Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sacrifice: A Work-Out

Hey, people! I know I don’t normally post on here. Most of the time I’m just the test subject/photographer/figurehead but today I thought I’d offer some thoughts. 
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Over the past two years, I’ve been asked one question, repeatedly, “What are you doing now that you’ve moved out to Ohio?” When I tell them I’m working this night shift full-time to help support Elizabeth through grad school, the look is pitying. Poor guy. You have to work this awful job so your wife can go to school.
All of this has made me think about sacrifice. How we think of it and what it really is…The dictionary defines ‘sacrifice’ as ‘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 think of myself as “some poor guy.” I’m honored to be able to do what I do.
It seems like we often view sacrifice as a negative. Surrendering something I really want for something I want even more- in this case, to build a life with my wife - can be difficult and painful. In fact, in order for it to be a sacrifice, it has to be painful to give it up. But it’s not just the end result that makes sacrifice worthwhile. It’s the practice of it. We think of sacrifice as “giving something up.” But just like you train a muscle (and it sometimes hurts to do that), you’re not giving up that muscle, you’re making that muscle stronger, ready to do more when it’s called on.

Love is worth the sacrifice.
- Kyle

6 comments:

Alexandria said...

Aw super de duper sweet :) I love reading different perspectives on blogs!

Sarah (Not Her Real Name) said...

This is an awesome post. Kyle, I hope you write more posts in the future. (That way Elizabeth can get to her millionth post sooner, at which point she will give away a million dollars. YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST, FOLKS.)

Ashley @ A Recipe for Sanity said...

This is awesome. It really can be a privilege to sacrifice something for the person you love. So glad to hear that you see it that way!

Janet @ Made For This said...

Kyle, this is powerful. And beautiful. And amazing. And SO YOU. I love you, dearest son-in-love.

Kate said...

This is exactly why I look to the two of you as marriage inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

Benjamin said...

Wow Kyle, thats got a lot of weight man. If anyone on this planet is good enough for my sister, its you. I'm proud to call you my brother man. Thanks for loving elizabeth the way she deserves.

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