But your hearts must be fully committed to the LORD our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.
I Kings 8:61
He's supposed to be at a soccer tournament this morning.
And some folks in his world don't understand.
They may be wondering about his level of commitment, his duty to his team, his pledge for the season.
It's the tournament.
The final game.
The apex of the season.
But 3 of 8 has a higher obligation this morning.
One that he feels strongly about.
One that was scheduled months ago, long before the soccer season, and is the culmination of weeks of teaching and talking and preparing for.
A tournament game of its own, in a sense, for our church family.
A Sunday service entitled, appropriately enough, Commitment Sunday.
And so 3 of 8 had to make a commitment choice in kind.
I'm proud of him.
Our culture has become a little fuzzy on the whole church-going thing. All manner of extracurricular activities and events and meetings find themselves inked in on the Sunday morning calendar. Church has become the 'if we have time, if there's nothing else on the calendar, if we feel like it' Sunday event. And we sometimes find ourselves out-of-town at this competition or that event, juggling the choices. While I don't have a desire for a return to the Blue Laws of old, I do find it interesting when we sometimes have to explain that a church commitment is going to trump an extracurricular one. I always feel the emotional scramble to explain that in keeping a church commitment, I'm not judging anyone, I'm not saying we're somehow more righteous, I'm not saying that we even attempt perfect church attendance. I get very concerned to say what I'm not saying.
But perhaps my explanation needs to be as simple as this truth; we're trying to instill in ourselves and our kids to keep our commitments, even when it goes against the grain, even when others around us don't understand, even in a culture where our choice seems old-fashioned.
First to God.
Then to family.
And all the rest will fall where it should.