A young soldier asked his officer if he might go out into the “No Man’s Land” between the trenches in order to bring in one of his comrades who lay grievously wounded.
“You can go,” said the officer, “but it’s not worth it. Your friend is probably killed, and you will throw your own life away.” But the man went.
Somehow, he managed to get to his friend, hoist him onto his shoulder, and bring him back to the trenches. The two of them tumbled in together and lay in the trench’s bottom.
The officer looked very tenderly on the would-be rescuer, and then he said, “I told you it wouldn’t be worth it. Your friend is dead, and now you are badly wounded.”
It was worth it, though, sir,” he said.
“How do you mean, ‘worth it’? I tell you your friend is dead,” said the officer.
“Yes, sir,” the young soldier answered, “but it was worth it, because when I got to him, he was still alive, and he said to me, ‘Jim, I knew you’d come.”‘
Think of a situation and a time when YOU put yourself on the line for another person because you felt it was worth it.