Essay Defining Sacrifice

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What does it mean to sacrifice? According to the World English Dictionary, the noun meaning of sacrifice is the surrender of something of value as a means of gaining something more desirable or of preventing some evil. Additionally, the verb meaning of sacrifice according to Dictionary.com is to surrender or give up, or permit injury or disadvantage to, for the sake of something else. In my opinion, sacrifice is the act in which something is pushed aside for the sake of something of a greater value or significance. I want you to imagine competing in the Iron Man triathlon; 4 km swimming, 180 km biking, and 42 km running. Now imagine doing that while pulling a 150 pound person, carrying a 150 pound person, and pushing a 150 pound person …show more content…
Throughout the world and throughout history, many objects have been sacrificed. From animals, food, time, or even a life has been sacrificed. In early civilizations, the blood of a human or animal was sacrificed to honor or to please their deity. Many individuals are seen sacrificing food for health reasons as well. Perhaps the most common sacrifice of today is time. For instance, spending your entire Saturday helping an elderly neighbor clean their yard or spending your evening visiting those individuals ill in the hospital, you’re sacrificing your time for others. Furthermore, the biblical story of Abraham and his sacrifice of his son was a powerful story of sacrificial love. Abraham was going to obey the command from God and sacrifice his young son Isaac. He loved his son dearly, but he also loved and wanted to obey God. This story of sacrificial love is probably one of the hardest acts of true sacrifice. However, sacrificial love doesn’t always involve death; it can include pain and suffering.
Pain and suffering is exactly what the father of a twenty year old disabled young man experienced when he competed in the Iron Man triathlon. For it was not only physical pain and suffering it was an emotional sacrifice as well. He knew that the son that had asked him to compete in this race with him could not do it himself. For that reason, the father spent many hours training for this

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