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December 28, 2021

3 Points To Ponder

“The difference between an idea and a reality is the level of commitment. All of us have a picture of what is possible, but not everyone wants to commit to making it a reality. On a scale of 1 to 10, how committed are you to the path you are currently walking?” 

“My parents were married for 56 years before death did them part. It wasn’t the feeling of love that kept them together, rather the commitment to love one another through it all. When setting out on a difficult course, do you rely on feelings or commitment to fuel your steps?”

“Sometimes, the best way to stay true to your commitments is to not say ‘Yes’ to the wrong commitments. What do you need to say ‘No’ to in order to stay on course with your ‘Yes’ commitments?”

2 Quotes To Share

“Commitment is an act, not a word.” - Jean-Paul Satre

“Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.” -Abraham Lincoln

1 Story of Impact

On December 18, 2021, twenty nervous-yet-excited Haitian couples made their vows before God to love each other till death do them part. 
To get to this day, the road was extremely difficult. In July, their President was assassinated, and the true killers are still unknown. A massive earthquake rocked the country, followed by a hurricane. Due to years of instability, gangs controlled vast sections of the country, in particular the areas ships brought in needed imports of basic necessities for an island nation. Inflation skyrocketed on basic goods. Hospitals and schools couldn’t function because of a gas shortage. For those in the rural areas already suffering, life got worse. Yet, through all these trials, these couples remained committed to each other to be married. They showed up for pre-marriage counseling sessions and made the journey repeatedly to our campus for dress and suit fittings. One couple was in a motorcycle accident on the way to the ceremony, went to the hospital, and still made it to the ceremony. Commitment is a choice we all make on a daily basis. It isn’t magic, rather it is the diligence to stay true to the person you desire to be. Even when things are hard, you choose to not give up on yourself and others. And if our Haitian brothers and sisters can make this type of commitment in the middle of all their trials, what excuse do we have to break our commitment? Where have you committed where you need to stay true or recommit? 
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Tim Brand 
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