When The Salvation Army makes a commitment, every attempt is made to keep it, even in the long run. We see this over and over in small and large communities with social programs complex and simple. We’ve learned that the initial decision to go in must be made carefully, with every cost understood as best as possible. We also pray about our choices and trust God in making them. Are we perfect at such? No, but not from lack of interest.
A decision to pull out of a community or reduce a service is painful and difficult unless the time is just right. Our original determination must be satisfied and every effort to remain true to the cause tested in case the displacement reveals lack of resolve, distraction from the goal, or disinterest on our part. You see, we hope to represent God, to whom we owe our best sustained energy.
In doing the right thing, giving up is a rare exception. Giving our best is expected.
“Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates.” Deuteronomy 6: 6-7 MSG