The regular complaint I get on Wednesday nights from people is, “why don’t we start on time?” Good question. There are honestly two reasons. The first is that nobody comes on time! People rarely bring dinner on time. Half the people who eventually show don’t come until after 7:30pm and then we have 15 minutes until we are scheduled to start the game. And I like to have people hang out and talk, so whats the rush? The second reason (and the more important one) is that I care little for schedules. Not that that is good. I am late to about a quarter of the meetings I have (I was NEVER on time for any of my college classes). There are few deadlines that I don’t push up to the last minute. Some call my behavior irresponsible and rude. I call it being “flexible”.
I’m not a big fan of commitment. Here is why. Because life FULL of great opportunities! Why be tied down to something when we don’t know that something better may come along that conflicts with something already “scheduled”?
Here is the inconvenient little truth that I discovered years ago that I’m always rubbing up against with my desire to live a “flexible”, lifestyle… most of the Christian life depends on commitment. In fact the intent of those commitments is precisely so I can be tied down to somethings but not other things! Christian commitments ought to be the thing the most distinguishes us from the rest of the world. Of course marriage comes to mind. So do financial, parental and job commitments.
This article was a good reminder to me personally but also caused me to reflect on how far we have come from the time when a persons word, or handshake was something you could count on and how relevant Jesus words in Matthew 5:37 “Let your yes be YES. Let your no be NO”
What do you think?