Commitment is a challenge – it is hard to rule out other possibilities and there are always are possibilities – it is easy to stay nibbling at the edges of marriage, of monastic life rather than committing to them.
We take on this commitment not to restrict or limit ourselves, not to annoy ourselves or our partner. We commit because we know instinctively that a successful relationship requires it, requires the security and freedom which commitment brings.
W.N.Murray, Leader of a Scottish Himalayan Expedition says, ‘Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless good ideas and splendid plans: the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one
that would otherwise never have occurred.
Commit your life to the Lord. Trust in him and He will act……the psalmist promises
And I deeply believe this –commitment releases all sorts of things that one could not
have dreamed of….. allows providence a free reign in our lives.
Commitment must be visible at some point – visible as humble service or creative
love – else it may remain a pious aspiration or an illusion.