Week 17HJ – Commitment

Commitment is doing what you said you would do long after the emotion in which you said it has gone. As Master Key Members and Guides, we always keep our promises.

This week my trait was Self-Control. I once again had to figure out what that looked like. The dictionary was not much help: control or restraint of oneself or one’s actions, feelings, etc.

How do I recognize that in someone else? I know when I am choking down negative feelings, but how does it look from the outside? Would the struggle show on someone’s face? Not if they were controlling their feelings. So I found that the little dots were when I noticed myself controlling myself.  I was not sure how to determine if someone else were exercising self control. If someone didn’t eat the donuts that I brought to the office, was that self-control or do they just not like donuts? So I did my best at guessing (or maybe I just guessed what I wanted the answer to be).

The Hero’s Journey

This week we were asked to commit or recommit to the Hero’s Journey. What is that, you ask. It is a theme in almost every movie, book, TV show, etc. The hero is living a normal life until something interrupts it. A herald of some kind calls the hero into the unknown. The hero steps out of the known with perhaps fear and trepidation. Or maybe the hero initially refuses the call like Jonah did.

The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord. …

At some point, the hero reluctantly obeys the herald

And the word of Jehovah came unto Jonah the second time, saying, 2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. 3 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of Jehovah. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city, of three days’ journey.

Along the way, the hero encounters dragons (or great fish) and helpers and mentors. The hero experiences death and rebirth and returns having obtained the victory.

6 The Lord made a gourd plant grow quickly over Jonah. This made a cool place for Jonah to sit and helped him to be more comfortable. He was very happy because of this plant.

7 The next morning, God sent a worm to eat part of the plant. The worm began eating the plant, and the plant died.

8 After the sun was high in the sky, God caused a hot east wind to blow. The sun became very hot on Jonah’s head, and he became very weak. He asked God to let him die. He said, “It is better for me to die than to live.”

9 But God said to Jonah, “Do you think it is right for you to be angry just because this plant died?”

Jonah answered, “Yes, it is right for me to be angry! I am angry enough to die!”

10 And the Lord said, “You did nothing for that plant. You did not make it grow. It grew up in the night, and the next day it died. And now you are sad about it. 11 If you can get upset over a plant, surely I can feel sorry for a big city like Nineveh. There are many people and animals in that city. There are more than 120,000 people there who did not know they were doing wrong.”

What is Our Commitment?

We continue our own journey by

  1. Using our index cards
  2. Watching for the traits of the week
  3. Adding a service to the service cards
  4. Reading the scrolls as directed
  5. Reading the week lessons
  6. Focusing on the exercises
  7. Recording the gratitudes
  8. Reading obituaries
  9. Blogging
  10. Masterminding
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