Commitment makes life better, but not convenient. Many people are afraid of commitments because they know they will let others and even God down.
Commitment is not about perfection. Those who are afraid of stumbling never get in the race. A life of commitment leads to a fulfillment of God’s promise that we could never imagine.
Ephesians 5:8c, 10
Live as children of the light…and find out what pleases God.
Living as children of the light is determined not only by what we do, but also by whom we please. It is a matter of our heart’s motives as well as the work of the hands. Not only are we to do what God commands, we are to do so out of a desire to please Him. We should delight in His delight. Mere outward conformity to the law is not what God requires. The person who does what God says with a resentful heart does not bear the mark of the true child of light.
The desire to please One so delightfully pleased with us becomes our passion and our power, our highest and strongest motivation.
Dear Little Baby,
Today your eyes are unafraid and clear–staring into eyes that are fearful of the anguished riddle of the years. Sleep. For a few years you will only know tenderness. Then one day, you too will become aware of the world’s seething cauldron of hate. And then you, too, will begin to wonder–and you will do one of two things: You will putter around in life, content with building a wall and a web around your little plans and small hopes and creeping ambitions. OR you will, if you believe in Christ, make your heart a chalice for a few drops of the world’s blood and tears. And when you know finally, that the ultimate Good begins in Isaiah 53:6 (“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”) and ends in John 3:16 (“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”), you will be wise beyond human knowledge and strong beyond any human hope.