“I don’t want to get involved…”

“What does that involve?”

“Whose involved with this?”

These are the typical comments you may get – or make yourself – when the issue of commitment comes up.

Most of us are so busy, so committed, so “involved” already – that one more request or consideration can put us over the top.

On the other hand, the opposite can be true.  In some ways we may be more detached than ever before – watching the news  and forming our opinions on our smart phones, carrying on our correspondence via email or a quick chat, using twitter to boil down a complicated discussion to a few hastily typed characters.

The kingdom of God calls us to something more – to being something more.

It calls us to be involved, deeply, passionately, lovingly with God, with our family, with fellow Christians, with non-Christians.  We are called to be “in the world but not of the world.”

It can be a delicate balancing act but in a world where we are so polarized from one another, it is an essential part of being the family of God.

So, I invite you, this week, to consider what your current commitments are, where you are – or are not -or should be involved – to the glory of God.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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