Christmas is just a couple of days away and my wife was busy last night doing her "crafty" stuff. For those of you that don't know her, she's a talented artist and enjoys making hand-painted items. One of the things she was working on last night was a picture frame she had purchased for her sister (shhhh...don't tell her). It has little roosters around the border and her sister collects chicken chatzkes (did I spell that right?) stuff with chickens on it. She wanted to make it special and so she asked me to get on the Internet and see if I could find any "chicken quotes" that she could use to create something caligraphic to put in the frame.
Most of the quotes I found were old "why did the chicken cross the road" jokes, and there were even a few porn sites that Google suggested when I searched for "chicken quotes"...what's with that, people get excited looking at plucked chickens?. Anyway, one of the quotes caught my attention. It's attributed to Martina Navratalova, the tennis player:
"The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed. "
That's a really funny quote to me, but if you think about it long enough you realize it's kind of significant as well. I got to thinking, "Am I a chicken, or am I a pig?" I guess a lot of the time, I'm just a chicken. Not in the frightened sense, but in the sense that I just get marginally involved with some things. I help out, I lend a hand, but I'm not really totally committed. I don't give it my all. I leave some dry crusts and move on. I suppose we all are like that with some things, with life as hectic as it is these days, there's not enough time to make a full committment to every little thing.
When it comes to spiritual things, I need to be more piggy. I think I am committed to what and who I believe in. I don't think that I just give it lip service, but sometimes I wonder if I'm as truly, deeply and totally committed as some of my brothers and sisters around me.
The things of the world sometimes intrude in my life when I try to be "churchy." I find myself distracted and pulled away to do inconsequential things when I should be praying or studying my Bible. Some of the things, like the fixing other people's computer problems, I look at as a part of my ministry...helping other people. I enjoy doing it, but is it really committment or is it just window dressing? I sometimes wonder, am I truly committed or am I just playing the game? Is it like that for you? I wonder.