My Wife's Most Incredible Gift
This past Sunday our pastor asked what was the best gift we had ever received. I have to say I have been given some awesome gifts, a big screen TV, an IPad, an Apple computer and a Honda Shadow 750 motorcycle. Of course, my oldest son was born on my birthday and that tops all the others I have mentioned, but even that pales in comparison to the ultimate gift my wife has given me.
I was thinking about this gift and what it means because it is the most difficult and yet most profound gift that one person can give another. The gift is commitment. In the OT binding commitments were sworn by something greater, like heaven or the temple. In the NT your yes was to be yes and no, no. Culturally in America it use to be that a man's word was his bond, a handshake sealed a deal, or a signed contract was virtually unbreakable.
When I think of commitment my sky diving experience comes to mind. The idea of free falling from 10,000 feet was exillerating. The door on the airplane opened and the wind whooshed, silencing any conversation. Standing at the edge of the door a decision had to be made, a commitment considered. Once through the door there was no turning back, for good or bad. Taking that final step and watching the plane disappear was an act of total commitment, and that is the kind of gift Rebecca has given me.
In our minds there was no turning back. We had to accept the blessings and flaws, the joys and the sorrows that make up this journey. There has been struggles as well as indescribable joy, contentment when things were overwhelming, and peace in our darkest hours. We have been able to weather the hard times because during the good times we affirmed our commitment to one another.
It is a gift because it is freely given, and in civil society gifts can't be taken back. I think about this gift during Christmas because it is the type of gift that God gave us in the birth of his son. Jesus stepped out of heaven and there was no turning back. It was a gift freely given and one never to be taken back. It is his example that Rebecca has followed and allows me the security of a promise made. It is a commitment bound by the Spirit. Years ago Rebecca wrote this poem for me (I am going to get in trouble for posting it, but it expresses the wonderful gift that I have received).
Comment cannot be fully expressed, in words or a number of terms. Instead it becomes our lifestyle, in which it's not taught but learned. I find that it is giving of myself to you, not halfway, but totally my all. In order that our lives may be deeply enriched and that Christ may be seen above all.
But I realize it is not always so easy, for committmemt involves a price. The price that Jesus Christ paid for us was one that cost him his life. So as I commit my life to you as lover, helpmeet, and friend; together we commit our lives to Christ that he may be glorified in the end.
I love you, Paul
Commitment is a gift that is given every day, maintained every moment, and should be cherrished always. It is more then I could have ever expect and one that I hope I never take for granted. I'm just saying...