BIBLICAL POINTS OF REFERENCE:
"Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will act."
"I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith."
~2 Timothy 4:7
Have you ever made a commitment to something that you later find you would rather not continue? I'm guessing you probably have at least once, if not multiple times. I was always raised with the belief that if you commit to something or say you are going to do something, you should follow through with it, even if you don't want to. But this lesson is hard for us to follow, isn't it? We want the freedom to change our minds or to try something new without feeling guilty later, and commitment gets in the way of that. So how do we continue through something that we want to quit? Let me make the picture bigger for you all: when you became Catholic or Christian (the time at which you were baptized, whether it was at birth or later), you made a commitment to God to follow His commandments and His teachings. Woah, shocker there, right? But it gets better: when you make your Holy Confirmation in the Church, you renew that commitment that you made to God when you were baptized. We've all willingly made a promise to God several times in our lives already, and that is a commitment that, as humans, we fail to keep pretty often. I bet those clubs and organizations you were a part of in middle school and high school seem like pretty easy commitments now, huh?
Don't worry - you're not alone. We all need to recommit to God daily, because He has given us everything. When we find ourselves in commitments that we don't want to be a part of anymore, we need to remember our commitment to God, and trust that He will help us figure it out. It is only then that you can say, like it is written in 2 Timothy, that "I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith." Your Laughing Sister, Callahan