Lately, I've been thinking about commitment.
I guess my students spurred these thoughts. They rarely give me a straight answer; it is always, "I don't know," not an resounding "yes" or "no."
I no longer accept an answer that isn't straightforward.
Jesus teaches in Matthew 6:37, "But let your statement be, `Yes, yes' or `No, no'; anything beyond these is of evil." That is empowering!
Many people often fail to give firm answers. I hear myself and others say, "That might work," "Maybe I can come," "It is a possibility" when we really mean, "No." When we don't give definitive answers, we wind up over-committing ourselves to lots of "maybes" in an effort to please people.
My prayer is to be a person and parent who is decisive and upfront with my family and friends.