Kamikaze pilots are only useful if they are committed to their mission. Leaders are the same way. You cannot have involvement without commitment and be effective. It goes with the territory.
I love this story of a kamikaze pilot who flew in World War II for the Japanese Air Force. He was interviewed by a newspaper after returning from his fiftieth mission. The reporter asked the pilot if he wasn’t a contradiction in terms. How can someone be a kamikaze pilot--whose mission is to fly into military’s bases and give up their life in the process--and still be alive after fifty missions?
“Well it’s like this,” the pilot responded. “I was very involved. Not very committed, but very involved.”
Reprinted by permission from Dr. Tim Elmore’s book, Habitudes, Images that Form Leadership Habits & Attitudes
FROM PASTOR BRANDON
Pastor Brandon challenged students this month by asking them if others would say that very thing about their life. Are you committed but not very involved?
Involvement and commitment are not the same thing and Jesus calls us to commitment. “God is searching for disciples who are ‘all in’ knowing it will involve future sacrifice, determination, and dependence on Him,” he shared.
One of the main obstacles to commitment these days can be all our many options. “I’ve learned while you might be able to do everything; you can't do everything well,” shared Pastor Brandon. He encouraged students to determine their focus, then commit and sacrifice for it.
Pastor Brandon shared Luke 6: 38b as a life changing verse:
Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.
As Cornerstone heads out into our local, regional, and international community in March, let's remember this habitude.
- Where is God calling you?
- How committed are you?
Use the attached Going Deeper worksheet to delve deeper into discovering where God has called you to commit and sacrifice for Him.
- Matthew 16:2425
- 1 Kings 8:5661 & 62
- Luke 6:38