We are defined by our commitments, but like Elisha, our commitments are defined by what we leave behind.
Before leaving Colorado I decided to attend Sunday service at Springs Church, headed by Gary Wilkerson, who is the son of the famous David Wilkerson.
If she moves to Alvin’s town, she knows things will go badly.
He cannot pre-commit to a healthy relationship with Betty because the temptation to go out with his buddies remains too strong.
The rewards to a non-challenging major are working at your high school job. These are often weighty and highly contextual questions, and my meager attempt to address them is only to offer a few basic principles for making commitments.
Economists value decisions at their opportunity cost or the value of the best forgone opportunity. First, a larger sense of calling on our lives creates the foundation for commitments.
Third, the smaller choices we make should revolve around our larger calling.
They should be congruent with it, supportive of it, and involve hundreds of little sub-commitments that are made in light of this bigger picture of what we sense God is calling us individually to do—and more importantly—be.
Of course, this is only possible in a world of limited commitment. There is no student I know who has been successful in college by keeping all of their academic options in play.Elijah approaches and puts his cloak around him, a gesture signifying prophetic calling in ancient Israel.Elisha responds by hosting a giant oxen-barbeque for the whole village, fueled by his plowing equipment. But as a university professor, one of the great dilemmas I have found within the millennial generation is that millennials possess two contradictory desires: Again and again, my students tell me that they made a certain decision to “keep their options open.” That millennials like to keep options open is borne out by the data: only one in four (26%) millennials are married, nearly one-third (29%) are not affiliated with a particular religion, and half (50%) consider themselves political independents. From an economist’s perspective, millennials seem to measure decisions by what we call “option value.” In economics, if a decision like the purchase of an asset has a high option value, it means that there is a significant probability of a very good outcome.Despite these numbers, cohabitation has only grown in popularity. One can tell the same story about choosing a college major.Some students choose majors because they are easy, fun, and allow for maximum flexibility.