To Make A Commitment Or Not?

Gordon Venturella

I Don’t Make Financial Pledges Over Time…
After all, who knows what’s going to happen to the economy?
Much of my income is commission, how can I plan that?
How can I predict what’s going to happen in three years with my job?
What if my health fails?

These and similar statements are voiced by well meaning Christians when the topic is financial commitments made over time typical in capital campaigns.

The short answer to the “what if” concern – what if I lose my job, my income drops – is to merely adjust the commitment down to the point of cancellation. That option should have been clear up front when the pledge was made.

The inability to predict the future, though, is a point well taken. Who can predict the future when it comes to income or economy?

But wait a minute.

Who can predict the future when it comes to any area of life? Who knows with certainty what’s going to happen three minutes from now? Never mind three years from now.

Commitments – financial or otherwise – are always made in faith. Commitments forcefully remind us that we live by faith.

All of life - every minute of life - is a gift from God. Who do you think gives us the strength to draw another breath, pick up a pen and write a check and get up in the morning and go to work? And who do you think can take it away in a second?

My financial commitment – over time – is not based upon predicting the future. It is not divine presumption. It is pledge of faith born of prayer. Like all of life.

“The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help that would never otherwise have occurred. A stream of events issues from the decision, raising unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.”
- W. H. Murray, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition

When presented with the choice to make a commitment or not – take a step of faith. It’s the way we grow.