Part of the greatest commandment says, “love your neighbor as your love yourself”. One way to look at it is, if you don’t love yourself, you cannot love your neighbor (since you don’t know how to love, or you have no standard with which to compare ‘the love for the neighbor’ with.) It seems this line of thinking applies to other things, including commitments or keeping promises. If you cannot keep commitments you make to yourself, how are you going to keep commitments made to others? The easiest commitment to keep is one that you have made to yourself since you are answerable to nobody but yourself, and you know yourself better than anybody else. As you set the parameters of the commitment, you know what you are getting into. Finally, if things don’t work out, you are at the most risk or loss. Yet, you don’t honor that commitment or promise. Now you have a commitment with another person, you don’t bear all the risk for loss, the other person doesn’t know you as well as you do yourself, etc. What will make you stay true to the commitment? You cannot give what you don’t have. You cannot finally just step up. Love, truth, happiness, commitment, stewardship have to begin at home. As Stephen Covey would say, private victories ought to precede public victories.
August 12, 2007
Commitments and the Greatest Commandment
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