The Way I See It #76
The irony of commitment is that it’s deeply liberating – in work, in play, in love. The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic, from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around as rational hesitation. To commit is to remove your head as the barrier to your life.
— Anne Morriss Starbucks customer
Yes, commitment is not about doing things only when it feels right. It is a willful choice to do it despite the circumstances. When you have committed yourself to something, you don’t rationalize your excuses. You don’t justify your pretexts. You just do it, because you have chosen to do so and you stick with your choice until the end. The result is liberating because you are no longer under the control of the fluctuating desires of the flesh, but on and over it. And this ultimately leads to life – a life of freedom.
Some might argue: only if it is so easy to commit. Yes, it is not easy, especially with our own will. But with the help of the Holy Spirit, who is able to overcome the flesh and set us free, it becomes possible and not difficult at all.
Commitment leads not to bondage, but to freedom and life.
“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:22-23, TNIV)