I wrestle with decision time, preferring to give myself an out, just in case I blow it, if I didn’t throw my heart over the line, I can trick myself to pretending I wasn’t really all in. Willpower leaks out, I stumble, fall, compromise, give in and dive into the sleeve of Girl Scout Thin Mints, even though I gave up sweets for Lent. It’s Sunday and don’t you get a reprieve on Sundays during Lent?
Can you relate? Even though Decide, Commit, Go All In, No Excuses are the messages of success, I often leave a back door exit, just in case.
And just in case, usually happens – probably because I allowed for it, making room for compromise before I ever begin.
Compromise isn’t a bad thing in many cases – however it wreaks havoc with goals and commitments.
Determined and Decided is a no matter what kind of posture.
Fully aware of the events to come, Jesus determined to go to Jerusalem, endure the cross, shame, physical agony for you and me. While Jesus knew the cost, He clung to the reward… our redemption.
Decided and Determined, Jesus told his friends, “Here is what I am going to do; this is what will happen, but I am decided and nothing will change my mind, heart or course of action. This is my purpose. This is God’s plan. This is why.”
The “why” behind our decisions and actions keeps us going when our will power fails. When our determination falters, our decisions, commitments born in moments of sane clarity push us onward.
Jesus set His face towards Jerusalem, in full awareness of the events he would endure. Non negotiable -no matter what.
I think the only place I have even an inkling of this kind of sacrifice, relates to being a mom. Sleepless nights, rocking sick and sweaty babies, vomit on my shirt, singing softly, begging God for their fever to break and their eyes to remain closed for a few hours.
These and other mom moments are the closest I come to pure sacrifice born of love. Determined and decided that nothing matters as much as my precious child, I do whatever is needed.
Jesus set His face towards Jerusalem driven, compelled by Love.
Nothing we do earns or deserves His actions.
Sitting with this truth today, I want to lean in and rest, just as my babies did as we rocked in the wee hours of darkness.
I just want to soak in the reality of this wondrous Love. Not think, reason, understand… but trust, rest, and soak in God’s love.
Will you join me there today? Will you pause and lean into the decisive, determined, poured out love of God for you, His precious child?