This morning, I was reading about this week in Ordinary Time, in my devotional, we're focusing on how the Christian community is supposed to be giving and sending. Money, people, time, stuff. On the way back from my small group camping trip yesterday (the trip was marvelous by the way) we talked in the car about how often Christians complain about things that need to be done in the world, but don't extend practical help. We talked about how we wanted to be people who met needs.

Today in church, we were continuing in Nehemiah, we're going to be finished in only a couple of weeks, but today, we talked about commitment. Now the first thing that jumps into my head when I hear that word is actually insanity (being committed...yes, I'm strange). But Russ talked about Nehemiah's commitment to people, to the people of God specifically, even though he had already given much of himself to them.

He described commitment as connection, on purpose.

There was much in this sermon today that really got me thinking, but this part is going on the blog.

I don't know where life is going to take me, though I have some ideas (rather definite ones) of where I want to go. It's a daily process, giving God who I am and what I want, and trying to go with His flow. There are things I know He wants of me, and I know that He will help me do them.

Right now, I'm here in Spokane. Daily, I am working on connecting, on committing to being right here, right now. I may be gone next year, I may stay for a long time, but I want to be committed to being here right now.

No matter what happens in the future, I don't want to look back and regret being half-hearted.