Sacrifice teaches us the joy of putting others first, while it strengthens us to respond decisively to the influence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Yielding to God takes guts, like leaping off a high precipice into pitch darkness. It feels risky, but when we can’t clearly see what’s ahead and we choose to entrust ourselves to God’s love, the rewards are fantastic. It’s as if we ventured out into the wilderness with no provisions, to discover mysterious treasures that speak to our hearts like nothing we have ever experienced before. 

—from the book True Radiance: Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life
  by Lisa Mladinich