A pig and a chicken were discussing what they could do to help the farmer who owned them and so graciously provided them with their daily necessities of food and water. The chicken suggested that they should commit to giving the farmer bacon and eggs. To which the pig replies, “That’s alright for you to say, giving an egg a day is just a contribution, providing bacon, now that’s commitment!”
The fact is nothing happens without commitment! It is not enough to just make a contribution when you feel like it, to drift through life and expect that it will just happen according to fate. The longer I live the more convinced I am that things don’t just happen, we make them happen! One writer suggests that “commitment is the secret ingredient in every recipe for success” (Peter Hirsch). So is your commitment like that of the chicken or the pig?
What are you committed to? What is the driving force in your life? What are you doing to make it happen? Try these areas for a start:
- Physical: loosing that extra couple of kilos, start that fitness program.
- Mental: finishing that next external education package that you have been putting off, or reading that book which sits there gathering dust.
- Vocational: volunteering to take the unpopular posting, to get the one you really want next.
- Relational: buying that extra something for the significant other in your life, to show your love.
- Spiritual: making a commitment to God to get serious in your relationship with Him.
Don’t just think about it, write it down! Be accountable to someone for it, and persist till it is achieved, which reminds me of a good quote to finish on from Calvin Coolidge:
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not, nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not, unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not, the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
It is never going to be any easier than it is right now, so make a commitment to it today!
Chaplain Ian Whitley