A lot of people like or want life to be easy.  They look for the easiest way to do something.  They want the easy way out.  If something involves a lot of hard work, most will refuse to do it.  Some people may start out doing it, but complain about hard it is and long for something not as hard.  Some folks just want to give up when the going gets tough.

It seems to me that a lot of people make commitments to something (like marriage, parenting, job, church, or whatever), and then have a hard time keeping their commitment.  Jesus said “Let your yes be yes and your no, no.”  He valued commitment.  I think the real test of character shines when people make a commitment and then bail when the going gets tough, when things don’t go the way they want them to, or when they don’t get their way.  I don’t really think it matters as to why.

When sin first entered this world, God made a promise to people that He would provide a way for people to enjoy real life with Him.  The plan involved God becoming one of us to take away our sin.  While in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus struggled with the whole plan.  At that moment, the going was tough for him because he was about to sacrifice his life on a cross so people could enjoy real life forever.

Jesus could have walked away.  He could have said that people are not worth the price.  He could said the word and ended it all right then and there.  But he didn’t.  When the going got tough, he kept his commitment.  He stuck to the plan.  I’m glad he did!

Here’s a question I think everyone should ask themselves, “Do I keep my commitments when the going gets tough?”  Don’t throw in the towel too quickly and miss some of God’s greatest blessings.