I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you. Hebrews 13:5
Last night as I was at church listening to the message there was one thing that was spoken that really got my attention. My pastor said that ANY thing you are IN, deserves you to be ALL IN. Your ALL IN makes any thing possible. I don’t know that I have ever been ALL IN in anything. I immediately began to think about a particular relationship where I was hindering it because I was not ALL IN. I have known this person for several years and I wanted to date this person. After three years of flirting, he finally came over and said ‘let’s do this thing’! From that day on, he had committed himself to me and giving the relationship a shot. Soon after dating the differences between us started to become apparent when going through some tough times financially. When going through difficult times in life that is when relationships are tested. He was very difficult to be around because he was so unhappy and fearful of the future and he took it out on me. I got to a point when I started to dislike this person. On the other hand, he is a wonderful person who I loved very much. One of the things that I was most attracted to him about was that he was like a rock. He was very stable and did not make hasty decisions. I had not had someone in my life who was very solid. I found that to be a very amazing quality that is hard to find. However, when times continued to get tougher and he became more and more unhappy and hard to be around, I wanted out. We ended up eventually splitting up. Being apart humbled him and he asked for another chance and I had seen a change in him as he began to prioritize what was most important to him, however, I would never unpack the bags in my mind. I no longer trusted him, it was a matter of time that when things got tough again that he would become bitter and angry again. Because I was not fully ALL IN, it kept our relationship from going past a certain point – I was keeping it from having a chance of making it. It all was reduced down to fear and pride. I can think of how fear has kept me from have the fullest of certain relationships. Perhaps like me, you have been hurt in the past and it keeps you from being ALL IN. Has somone significant in your life walked out on you? Another ALL INs can be our own pride. You work for a particular company and your boss is demanding and disrespectful or perhaps you are not paid what you think you deserve, so we don’t give 100% of ourselves to our work. I know many are afaid to give their ALL within their church, perhaps they have been hurt before or offended by a pastor. Maybe its a blended family, and you feel left out, or you feel that you are not going to love ALL because they are not your children. Is a lack of trust or being angry with God because you felt He could have intervened? Are you upset with God for something that ‘man’ did? What is it that keeps you from being ALL IN? Remember that we cannot avoid certain circumstances beyond our control, but you being ALL IN gives it the possibility to win. Why? Because with a ALL IN vs half in attitude, you will say, do and be the best in given situations and circumstances that make the difference. Thankfully we have a savior who is ALL IN, His mercy endures forever and He does not deal with us as we deserve. He is the one constant in our life that we can depend on. He stays closer than a brother (Psalms) and no matter what, He is ALL IN with you!