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Half the Old Testament is the word Remember. No, that’s not true. It’s 48%. I just rounded up. As Israel forgot, so do we. Today’s insert is a simple reminder of some of the standards we work to maintain as we sing for the Lord. My prayer is that you […]

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January 25th, 2015

Choir is among the most time-consuming of ministries. Not that it’s bad; it just takes commitment.

Simple commitments like choir are good at revealing bigger patterns of life. I have seen people who “get it” when it comes to commitment. They commit to something and it becomes part of them. As I work with teens, I try to instill commitment into them whenever possible. I try to communicate the blessings of making a commitment and being faithful to stick to it.

Over time, however, I often see a decline. Time is a slow killer of commitment. Time and commitment are mortal enemies, but time never lets up. It is relentless. Clocks keep ticking regardless of willpower, circumstances, health, feelings, or… whatever.

Do not let time be your commitment’s mortal enemy. Some people’s commitment is really good when they first join choir—they’re at all practices, all Sunday morning warmups and they text if they’ll be late—but it wanes over time.

Commitment to choir is not spiritual in itself, but, as I said before, it reveals bigger life patterns. People who understand commitment “get it.” When they join choir, then understand what it means when they’re not there. They don’t shrug off their commitment like it’s no big deal. They are serious about making it on time, every time.

Choir’s a big commitment! Thank you for your faithfulness. You’re not more or less spiritual if you make choir or miss choir, but choir can be like a spiritual thermometer. If your spiritual commitment is anything like your choir commitment, how are you doing spiritually?

-Bro. Ryan

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