I was thinking the other day about the difference between offering a challenge and inviting commitment. The distinctions may be fuzzy. But I think there is a difference between writing that challenges us and writing that invites a commitment.
I think that we may get addicted to writing that challenges us, that inspires us, that takes on the status quo. We share posts that are challenging, books that push boundaries. We tell our friends, “You should read this.”
But it is much harder to offer and invite a commitment. To say, “I’m doing this and I would love to have you do it, too.”
But it’s what Andrew did after spending a day with Jesus. He committed and found his brother Peter. It’s what a woman did after talking with Jesus. She invited her whole village to come and see “the man who told me everything I’ve done.
Commitments are hard because they take action. If I challenge you to think differently or to read more or to consider following someone, I don’t have to do it myself. But I have to live commitments. I have to think. I have to actually read the Bible. I have to actually take steps along the same path that Jesus walked.
Steps. Not a step. Commitment is measured in repetition, in consistency.
Or like writing this post. Partway through, I headed out to run. I went with Ben, who is younger and less of a runner. I challenged him. And doing it together, me on my 150 consecutive day, his on his first, is a way to live a commitment. To health and to each other. And then accepting his challenge to commit to stretching and crunches, that’s commitment.
I offer that as a challenge. But I pray for commitment.