There’s a scene where Mr. Miyagi tells Danielson that when you drive, you drive on the right or the left- you don’t drive in the middle or you’ll be killed. He’s teaching Daniel that you commit- you’re all in the fight or you don’t enter it at all. And later in the movie he teaches Daniel that the same lesson applies in life.
I think I’ve heard this somewhere (James 5:12 anyone?).
And Yoda had something similar to say (do or do not, there is no try).
It’s a principal I try to live by- when I make a commitment I try to follow through. I try to be all in or not in at all.
I’ve posted several times about boundaries (you can see these posts here, here, here, and here), and they come into play again with this principle. If we have to be all in or all out then it must be okay to be all out at times. It’s okay not to commit to everything, so that when we do commit, our commitment actually means something.
God’s grace today was the reminder that sometimes it is okay to say no.