One of my favorite scriptures is John 15:13, it reads "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
Not all of us will be able to do this for others. It's not often that we will have to sacrifice our lives to save another, at least I hope not to be put in that position. Movies where a main character chooses to sacrifice him or herself for the others nearly always touch me in some way, even if it's a lame movie. Unless of course it's Armageddon where Bruce Willis sacrifices himself. I don't mind watching him die :-) The other movie however that breaks me down to tears is Deep Impact. I am touched by the sacrifice of the astronauts and their sacrifice, and the family that sends Elijah Wood and their daughter with the baby off to safety. I always break into tears. You can tell which of the two movies I like the best :-)
What I love to hear more than anything are true stories of this kind of self sacrifice. I read an article today in ABC news of a Navy SEAL who smothered a grenade to save his comrades. I'm sure he could have easily jumped the other direction in an effort to try and save himself. Instead, he must have realized that he could save more lives if he sacrificed himself. That man is a true hero.
I sometimes wonder if I could make that kind of sacrifice. Of course hope that I would. I may never have the chance to jump on a bomb or push someone out of the way of a train or a car only to be hit myself, but I do have the oppurtunity give of my time and talents to my family and friends and to the church. This can be a true challenge. I've heard that it is easer to die for the lord than it is to live for him. I beleive this to be true. This, however, does not take away from those like the Navy SEAL who sacrificed himeself for the greater good. He made the ultimate sacrifice. As Spock said (many times over the period of three movies) "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one". On a side note, Star Trek II where spock dies is also a tear jerker for me. Amazing Grace on bagpipes is always a tear jerker...
SEAL Falls on Grenade to Save Comrades