Dedicate: (v) to offer in testimony
Fearing that our mere words fall short of conveying any sense of passion, we hunt for the right term to confirm with greater emotion how much we are involved with the cause.
It is the unnecessary promise.
It is the swearing by our little pinky finger.
It is placing our hand on the Bible.
It is when we know that our reputation precedes us and warns those around us that we are capable of running away in the heat of the battle.
So to cement our involvement in the building of the cause, we tack on words.
It is that long prayer from the unrepentant sinner.
It is the over-explaining speech by a wrangling politician.
It is the husband offering an explanation for why he is always late arriving home.
It is the teary-eyed, offended face of the teenager being challenged about a naughty activity, who wishes to come across bruised for being doubted.
“I dedicate myself.”
Is it your way of saying your participation will certainly fall short of glory? Or is it an admission that your word is not very good unless it is nailed down?
I would exchange sixteen newly-dedicated men and women for four seasoned veterans any day of the week.
Because when trouble begins, dedication departs.
And when dedication departs, trouble remains.