Our commitments need to be confirmed and fleshed out in word and action. It is a light thing to make a promise but far more arduous to mean and keep it. Consistency and courage are required to think through an assignment, promise, or obligation and then carry it out. Commitment comes with consequences and diminishes previous freedom: it means one cannot simply walk away.

When the single guiding principle in a person’s life is whatever is possible, morality can easily be trampled underfoot to fall by the wayside. Commitment is rarely seen as a decision with consequences that diminish the freedom one had to make that commitment.

-Udo Middelmann God and Man at Work



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