Commitment. What a subject to write about. I am forever conscious of those around me that shine as a result of their commitment to serve God.

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun. Ps. 37:5-6 NIV

I think of the many people that work in the background with very little acknowledgement. As someone who is in front where everyone one can see, I am often acknowledged. However, most of my efforts come from God’s enabling and also because of the highly committed people that He has placed around me.

There is a phrase that is often in my reports, “Together we can make a difference”. This is becoming more and more of a reality. God is drawing us closer together and empowering us to make a difference. I believe that we are in a good place as a denomination. We are on a precipice looking out at the beginning of a new day of opportunities, that God has given us.

I see this in the unity that we are experiencing across the districts. I see it in the leaders that are taking up the National Impulse that is led by Troy and Steph.

I see it in the vision statement –

“We are celebrating every time a disciple makes a disciple,
and a church multiplies itself, until there is the transforming presence of Jesus Christ in every community throughout Australia.”

In the midst of writing this, I attended the memorial service of Gordon’s mother, Valerie Kuss. The stories of her life were a beautiful tribute to one who lived with a deep commitment to love God, her family and those who crossed her path. As I sat listening, one question came to mind. What would be said at the end of my life? This is a question that we all need to ask. Are the commitments that we are making touching those around us for the glory of God? Are we leaving a legacy of love in the hearts of those who cross our path? If not then maybe we should have a good look at the core of our commitments. Everyone is committed, but to what is the question.

Another significant part of this day for me is Lien and my 32nd Wedding Anniversary. Many of us know that to keep a healthy marriage, requires the commitment of two. I might be able to share something of that commitment, however, I also acknowledge the quality of my wife’s commitment for she is the one in the background that often goes unnoticed. Yet she empowers our marriage in so many ways. So much of what I do, is a testimony to the commitment of her love.

Therefore, as I reflect on this word commitment, I am empowered by the commitment of the many around me and especially those that often go unnoticed.

Father, thank you for those around me who inspire me to commit my way to You. Help me in all my commitments, to reflect the depth and the beauty of your sacrificial love.