Ecclesiastes 5:2-5 2 [b] Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. 3 For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words. 4 When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow. 5 It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.
Have you ever agreed to something, and regretted it later? Maybe it was something that sounded so fun, or something for a good cause. Or maybe you wanted to do it because someone you liked or looked up to was involved.
It’s easy to get overcommitted in this world. For example, there are a million different causes – and so many of them are worthy! But even if you made a million dollars a month, you could not give to every one of them – not enough to make a difference anyway. Do I pledge to help the orphans, the hungry, the homeless? What about disabled veterans and children with cancer? I love animals, so I should donate to the Humane Society…but specifically I love my cattle dogs, so I should donate to a cattle dog rescue group, right? And then I was paying for my groceries and they asked me to donate to their charity… it is never ending!
Three Rules for Deciding What To Commit To
1 Timothy 5:8 But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
Can I do this and still fulfill my obligations to family?
2 Corinthians 9:7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Am I doing this because I really want to, or because I feel pressured to? Can I do it with a good attitude? Do I feel God is leading me into this?
Ecclesiastes 3:1 For everything there is a season…
Is this a good time for me to be doing this? Will I be able to give it the resources it deserves, without distraction or interruption?