I offer myself as a sacrifice to thee.
There’s a difference between offering myself as a sacrifice to God and masochism:
Sacrifice to God deepens the spirit, making me more human, whole, and holy. When suffering is involved, it is redemptive. It is never pointless.
Masochism cripples body, mind and spirit; it’s inhumane, shattering, and an act against God’s gift of life. Self-inflicted suffering is an exercise of self hatred, not Godly love.
God grant me the wisdom to know the difference.
2 thoughts on “Prayer for the Acceptance of God’s Will: Line Eleven”
Important distinctions, indeed. Self-sacrifice seems too often about the “self” part, an obligation born of duty and not love. Not “holy” but actually “un-holy”, if well-meaning. If it’s something expected, something I’m supposed to do (for the kids, the spouse, the church, whatever) there can often seem for me little joy accomponying the deed which is an indicator that it’s probably not a gift given in love. Paul rejoiced in his sufferings (Col. 1:24)–we’re missing the “holy” part, I think, if there is only the pain.
I’m not a fan of seeking suffering out. I think enough shows up in our lives without looking afield for it. I think it’s important to take up my cross, but not so much looking for other crosses to bear. Still, I have to pray to know the difference….peace, Johnna