What's the hardest thing about making a new commitment? You guessed it, actually doing what you committed to do. We've all been there right? We make a commitment because we're super excited, we're confident that this is going to be the moment that we actually do it. This will be the moment that we follow through and actually see this thing through to completion and then, "Wham". Life hits, things get busy and stuff gets pushed to the back burner. Give me an "Amen" if you've ever had this thought, "Well, I never actually told anyone I would do this, so no harm, no foul." Let's try something different this time around.
A few days ago I challenged you to take the, "More than Multiple Choice" challenge. Many of you left comments that you would indeed take the challenge. Some of you even challenged family members to join you. Wow, an entire family taking the challenge together. That would be amazing.
But what if things get busy? What if, as the Christmas season rolls in, we find stuff getting shuffled around and things start to get moved to the back burner? Maybe, just maybe in a few days or weeks, you'll think, "Well, I never actually told anyone I would do this, so no harm, no foul."
Matthew 5:33-37 says, "And don't say anything you don't mean. This counsel is embedded deep in our traditions. You only make things worse when you lay down a smoke screen of pious talk, saying, 'I'll pray for you,' and never doing it, or saying, 'God be with you,' and not meaning it. You don't make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace. In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true. Just say 'yes' and 'no.' When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong."
As if inviting you to take this challenge wasn't enough, allow me to tighten the screws on you just a little more. Tell us who you are. If you're making the commitment to join in on the "More than Multiple Choice" challenge, make that commitment a declaration right here, right now.