March 31, 2022
From Pastor Joe Wamack
A chicken and a pig lived on a farm. The farmer was exceptionally kind and so they wanted to do something nice for the farmer to show how much they cared.
The chicken said to the pig, "I have a great idea for something we can do for the farmer!”
The pig excitedly said, "What is it you want to do for him?"
The chicken knew how much the farmer enjoyed a good breakfast. "I think the farmer would be very happy if we made him breakfast."
The pig said, "I'd be happy to help you make breakfast for the farmer! What do you suggest we make?"
The chicken said, "I could provide some eggs."
The pig knew the breakfast had to be more than just eggs, "That's a fine start. What else should we make?"
The chicken thought about it and said, "Can you provide some ham? The farmer loves ham and eggs!"
The pig grunted, "That’s easy for you to say-while you're making a cackle and a contribution with the eggs, I would be making a total commitment with the ham!"
There is a huge difference between someone who is sort of involved and makes a contribution and someone who is totally committed with all of their heart, soul and flesh. To be committed to something involves your entire life and being. The joy of a life well lived is to spend one’s time, attention and focus on things one cares deeply about and is committed to.
So let me ask you, what or who are you committed to? What would you give your life for? What are you invested in all the way? Is it a relationship such as your parents? Your spouse? Children? Is it a cause you believe in? Is it a job? Is it your health?
Life can be filled with great joy and satisfaction when we live in harmony and move in step with our heart, head and values. When the amount of time we spend on something is proportional to the amount of commitment-then we find satisfaction. For example, if you work 40-50 hours a week at a job, it would be wonderful if you actually cared and were committed to that job because of the time invested.
Many of us live like the chicken in this story-kind of willing to be involved, on the sidelines, sticking a toe in to test the waters but not jumping in all the way. Some are more like the pig who, if he truly cared about the farmer, would require a HUGE buy in-total commitment.
God said, “You shall seek me and find me when you seek Me with your whole heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13). It is not about a game of hide and seek God is playing, but a matter of commitment on our part. What do you really care about? What are you committed to? I would be honored if you shared that with me.