Day of rest. Went to church. The lesson in Sunday school was on sacrifice. Benjamin and I observed one time that chess grandmasters are quite excited to sacrifice after we had studied a number of their games. Benjamin's comment was - it seems like they are trying to find out how much material they can sacrifice without losing the game. Sacrifice moves are always marked with an exclamation mark (!), and sometimes even with two in the annotations. In contrast to that, when we are asked to sacrifice to do the Lord's work, we often do not possess the same degree of enthusiasm. At the same time, going back to the chess analogy, while it takes no special aptitude to just hang a piece, a high level of skill is required to use sacrifices effectively. So perhaps we are like a less experienced chess player that finds himself in a complicated position who has the privilege to receive advice from a grandmaster. The grandmaster gives him the move. Our friend, lacking the vision, protests in disbelief - but this loses my queen! So maybe the reason we grumble about sacrifices is that proverbial lack of vision combined with the equally proverbial lack of faith in God.
Strange as it may sound, thinking on my past experiences, the times when I felt the most peace in my life are the ones when I took a step forward through faith not seeing more than one step ahead of me. A step out of the comfort zone brings comfort! A different kind of comfort.Not the comfort of the flesh, but the comfort of the Spirit.