The words, “Make a choice! Commit!”, still ring in my ears from my high school basketball coach (Jay Dye). You see I loved several parts of the game, scoring, rebounding and even making a pass or two. At the end of my junior year my coach challenged me to make a commitment. He said, “Hal, you are a jack of all trades and a master of none”! We had just lost in the state playoffs and I had a double/double and was shocked at his lack of reverence for my game. But, he knew me and knew I needed to make a commitment to try and master some element of the game so I could take my game to the next level. He was right.
You have probably discovered like I have, commitments not only define my life, they improve it. Of course the best commitment I ever made was to become a Christ-Follower. Let me tell you about another commitment in my life. Twenty-nine years ago I made a commitment to love this hot blonde (Sandra Kay Littlefield) for the rest of my life and we were married. (This goes without saying- I am not in trouble and writing this to find may way back in good graces- honest! ) This commitment defined and improved several areas of my life from the moment I made it:
- I now got to sleep with Sandy (I must be careful giving too many details- my kids hate me saying I got to have SEX with their mom)
- I had someone to share all of life with
- I had someone who loved me unconditionally
- I stopped dating other women
- I stopped spending all my money on me
- I learned to share
- And many more….
I am a better man, pastor, father, friend, Christ-Follower and just overall person because of this commitment.
This weekend at The Bay we are finishing our series, Dangerous Church. I am going to challenge our Christ-Followers to make some commitments that will define and grow their faith. I hope you will be there.
Can you tell me of one commitment you made that has improved your life. And to increase the variety of responses lets not mention the 2 I mentioned above- a commitment to Christ and a commitment to a spouse. Are you ready? I am all ears or should I say eyes?