Last Friday, Sweet Anna and I celebrated our 30th anniversary by renewing our commitment to our marriage in the presence of about 40 friends. This weekend our family is participating in the wedding of a friend who spent her teen years down the street. This couple will promise to be committed to one another through thick and thin. Earlier this week I wrote a reccomendation for a friend who had demonstrated great commitment to serving God overseas for nine years. We have daily opportunities to show show and be conmmitment to people. But lack of commitment is often just as hurtful as having commitment to good is.
I think of the families at the funeral a few weeks ago burying thier murdered loved ones (see earliers posts) and the commitment of some governments to bring the wrong-doers to justice. And how a lack of commitment by other governments to justice allows these killers to stay hidden. But I also think of my colleagues where I taught for 14 years whose commitment to teach in an environment which gives them the freedom to openly and rightfully integrate God’s love and truth into thier teaching… their commitment comes with a cost – they could earn more, but they are committed to their cause.
As I think about this topic, I recognize that usually, commitment comes with, or in the face of a cost. For if there were no cost, no opposition, no hardship, if it were all smooth sailing, there would be no need for commitment, would there?
God demonstrated His commitment to us as Jesus came to live, teach, die and rise – – – for us. Because God is committed to us. His love for us is unconditional. He accepts us just as we are and offers us a better, more meaningful life. His commitment was demonstrated on the cross.
SO, the question is, what are we committed to? Are we committed to pursue unconditional love? Are we committed to justice? Are we committed to doing what we can to making the world a better place? Are we committed to helping people know Peace?