A Renewed Understanding of Sacrifice

As the new year brings freshness, new blooms, and cleansing rain, let us renew our understanding of sacrifice. We tend to think of sacrifice as pain, loss, destruction, or to deprive ourselves of something. In the context of the Bahá’í Fund, our sacrifices will cause blessings to bloom like spring flowers. The Universal House of Justice says, “Now is the time for the dearly-loved members of this community, renowned as the champion builders of Bahá’u’lláh’s rising World Order, to consecrate an increasing measure of the material resources with which they have been so richly blessed to the pressing needs of the Cause of God. In doing so, their sacrifices will attract an even greater measure of divine blessings, and will bring them abiding satisfaction.” Another way in which we perceive sacrifice is by quantity. But, the writings clarify this. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá said that “God does not ask from any soul except according to his ability…” We are reminded that no matter the amount, our sacrifice is valid. Let us look upon the new year with a fresh understanding of sacrifice, letting our spiritual growth bloom wild as a lush spring meadow.