DayBreaks for 07/03/19: The Great Bailout
From the DayBreaks archives, July 2009:
There has been a lot of talk about bailouts lately. Banks, investment firms, big companies, car manufacturers…maybe even your next door neighbor have received a bailout. Not being very smart economically, I don’t know if these were the right thing or not, but I certainly have my opinions on the matter!
But that’s not the kind of bailout that I want to talk about today. I want to talk about people who bail out when things get tough. This past week, we had Vacation Bible Camp at our church and I observed lots of behavior from the campers, helpers and teachers. Most of it was all very good, but even VBC campers and workers are humans, and during the course of a hectic week, you are bound to see all kinds of human behavior. Including some teens who were helping who received some needed correction from an adult – but who then didn’t show up the next day. They’d made a commitment to help for the week. But they broke their commitment. They bailed out.
Commitment seems to be a dirty word, or at the very least, a word which has lost its meaning in our day and age. We wonder why kids aren’t committed to anything. In many cases, all we have to do is look at their home life to find out. Many are not living with their biological mom and dad…their parents divorced (maybe more than once) and the children learned a lesson about “commitment.” Their parents perhaps bounced from job to job when they grew frustrated or got angry…and instead of working it through and sticking it out for the benefit of the family, dad quits his job and can’t find another one. And the children learned another lesson about “commitment.” They have heard mom and dad say things such as, “Sure, I’ll take you to the zoo this weekend,” only to find that when the weekend rolls around, mom and dad are too busy or too tired. And the children learn another lesson about commitment.
So many children lack commitment to anything these days (or so it seems to me). To find the reason why, we have to look no further than our own mirror.
Jesus knows about commitment and he modeled the importance of it to us. He committed himself to death on a cross in order to redeem us from a fate that we rightfully earned – eternal damnation. When your kids want to know about commitment – tell them about Jesus. And then live a life of commitment for them to see and emulate.
PRAYER: We are weak and tempted to run when the heat is turned up on us, Lord. Help us to be people who keep their commitments and teach our children to do likewise! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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