The Substance of Faith

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Quotes on Sacrifice – Part Two

From my files, here are more quotations on sacrifice:

Robert K. Greenleaf writes these things in his classic book Servant Leadership:

Let us briefly consider the four dimensions of moral authority, the core of servant leadership.  (1)  The essence of moral authority or conscience is sacrifice—the subordinating of one’s self or one’s ego to a higher purpose, cause, or principle.  — p. 6

I define moral authority as Our Moral Nature + Principles + Sacrifice.  Many of us know we ought to behave in a certain way, but sacrifice enables us actually to behave in those ways that are in alignment with universal principles.  Therefore, sacrifice is the essence of moral authority, and humility is the foundational attribute of sacrifice.  — p. 11

And from David Livingston:

For my own part, I have never ceased to rejoice that God has appointed me to such an office.  People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. Can that be called a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of a great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay?  Is that a sacrifice which brings its own blest reward in healthful activity, the consciousness of doing good, peace of mind, and a bright hope of a glorious destiny hereafter? Away with the word in such a view, and with such a thought! It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege. Anxiety, sickness, suffering, or danger, now and then, with a foregoing of the common conveniences and charities of this life, may make us pause, and cause the spirit to waver, and the soul to sink; but let this only be for a moment. All these are nothing when compared with the glory which shall be revealed in and for us.

I never made a sacrifice.

– African missionary David Livingstone, at Cambridge University, December 4, 1857.




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