“Commitment is the result of choice, not conditions…commitment lasts when it is based on values.” -John Maxwell
This struck me today in two ways. First I see so many men in Cambodia break their marital commitments and justify their cheating due to what they feel are conditional allowances–such as their wives getting old or gaining weight, “everyone” else is doing it, and classic boredom. The entire concept of commitment as being a choice is lost to them. Secondly when people commit to what they believe in they are committing to their values. Committing to values ensures a greater chance to weather adversity and stay committed to what one believes. It is so often the case that behavior is the echo of belief. If want to see people change, neighborhoods transformed–we must shape their beliefs and in so doing we will shape their values and provide fertile ground for long-lasting commitment to be realized.
Hi, I'm Matt. "Strider" from Lord of the Rings is my favorite literary character of all time and for various reasons I write under the pseudonym "StriderMTB. As my blog suggests I seek to live out both the excitement and tension of a Christian walk with Christ in the 3rd world context of Asia. I started my blog as an unmarried man who was blessed to oversee an orphanage of amazing children in South-East Asia. As of 2022, I am a happily married man to an amazing missionary wife serving together on the mission field. I hate lima beans and love to pour milk over my ice-cream. I try to stay active in both reading and writing and this blog is a smattering of my many thoughts. I see the Kingdom of God as Jesus preached it and lived to be the only hope for a broken world and an apathetic church.
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