Committing and decommitting is over now as National Signing Day is well underway all across the landscape of college football. No more I will or I won’t. No more I did or I didn’t. Today is the final day of decision when commits become actual signed contracts between student-athletes and their college of choice.
Many of these student-athletes will have great opportunities to display their talents on and off of the field by choosing to focus on both their academics and athleticism while others will be distracted by the hype and hoopla of college life. Some will make it to graduation and stardom on the field. Others will fall by the wayside without either. Perhaps others had better athletic skills but cannot meet the academic requirements of their school choice. They will have to go the community college route to seek to meet those requirements. Some will be discouraged by the intensity and high standards of it all and sadly do nothing.
But for today, they sign contracts, both the colleges and the student-athletes. The students will be hailed as the finest available and looked upon as the future for their college teams. It will be a good day for many with high hopes of success and perhaps even very nice careers in the NFL.
But they have to sign on the dotted line. The commit has been evasive at best, illusive at times, and allusive from some, but not past today. You have to choose, you have to sign the contract, and your choice is made public for everyone to know. You have to get off of the fence, no more campus visits, phone calls from coaches seeking you out. After today, it is clear who is where and with whom, without assumption, presumption, or conjecture. This is it. “. . . choose for yourselves this day . . .” (Excerpt from Joshua 24:15 NKJV)
Such is life. We have to make choices that will have lasting effects upon our lives. The choice will not allow us to bounce around any longer or second-guess ourselves. We cannot merrily waltz our way through life without firmly stating and demonstrating our choices about life. And really, no choice is a choice. This is it. Marriage, job, house, car, bills, civic duty, church and faith . . . all of these and more require decision or choice. They require signatures . . . binding, obligating, contractual, all of the things that will not allow one to just walk away but hold one accountable to contract requirements. The covenant works both ways. This is it . . . “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.” Psalm 37:5-6 NKJV
The Lord’s commitment is sure. Where is yours?