Coffee Cup Wisdom

A friend of mine brought this quote to my attention. I found it most interesting and wanted to get some of your thoughts on the meaning of this.

“The irony of commitment is that it’s deeply liberating-in work, in play, in love. The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic, from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around as rational hesitation, To commit is to remove your head as the barrier to your life.” Anne Morriss,

Anne Morriss, Starbucks customer from New York City. She describes herself as an “organization builder, restless American citizen, optimist..

32 thoughts on “Coffee Cup Wisdom

  1. Committment begins with a decision and then a series of choices to see that decision through. That’s most of the battle.
    It provides a structure, like a well-designed and appointed house set in the woods. As long as you stay within the structure of the committment, you can move freely and joyously throughout the house, never having to ‘think’ or make a decisoin whether or not it’s ok to dwell in it in its entirety. But if you move outside its confines, you are in unfamiliar territory, indecision moves in, and you may end up getting lost in the woods.

  2. This is a true and living statement It reminds me of the Scripture about Jesus Who, when it was close to the time of His crucifixion, “He set His face like a flint to go to Jerusalem. For He MUST go to Jerusalem.” Jesus had made a commitment to the Father before the beginning of time, that He would sacrifice Himself through a terror of affliction and abuse and finally die for our sins. Human as He was, He asked His Father to remove the cup of this great and severe bruising but NOT MY will but THINE be done, Father. Jesus was committed and and He accomplished the greatest feat in both the natural and spiritual world that would ever occur throughout eternity. The redemption of mankind.

  3. I think it could mean that though conventional wisdom says, ‘if I commit to something, that ties me down and what if something better might come up.” But the Character of commitment says, within these borders of commitment, as debi pointed out, is safety and the space and the emotional tools to accomplish the goal of the commitment.

  4. What does this part mean? “The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic, from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around as rational hesitation,”

  5. I think, in the vernacular it sort of means… It keeps you from your control-freak mind and all its concomitant phobias, faking it, masquerading to look like reason and good sense that try to talk you out of and excuse you from keeping the commitment.

  6. I think if God is in your commitment that you will have a freedom to play, work, and love. Thus to commit to the calling God has for your life is to remove yourself self (brain) and place yourself in God’s hands which has no barriers.
    In reading Beth Moore study of David, David committed his life to the call upon his life. He always searched God for the answers to problems he faced. God immediately answered and David grew strong because he had the anointing an favor of God. David through his darkest hours was trained to be King of Israel. He became dependent on God. Years he spent unsettled and running from King Saul. Saul on the other hand developed a control-freak mind and tried to hang on to his kingdom, trying to destroy David and God was not in it and Saul grew weak. Dependency on God produces freedom to move beyond ourselves and knock down the walls of critic and flip flopping that block our commitment God has placed in our hands.

  7. “likes to dress itself up and parade around as rational hesitation,” Maybe this is a drama queen show! ‘internal critic’… craves attention and will make any good situation into a bad one, or just come up with some side show to get everyone to focus on them and their hidden agenda or what they think is rational hesitation.

    Dramatic irony meaning the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite. I get the idea that one should make a commitment(s) and try to keep it/them and you will have more fun time @Starbucks or whatever fun you enjoy. Don’t you think noncommittal would drain all your energy and happiness? If one commits to teaching children’s church, or attending Bible Study or a retreat or singing in a choir and only shows when they don’t have anything better to do (as MG mentioned), head is a barrier to your happiness. Needles, this is far out blogging! But, with a little thought and action with a big vitamin of wisdom I think we could all BEE Happy people!

    Needles, this thing is deep! Maybe we should pray that prayer on last blog daily to keep that ‘internal critic’ away.

  8. We learned this summer at Sara’s ‘The Four Bees’ retreat to ‘bee a worker bee’. Cultivating and using our gifts will cause us to bloom and bloom like a perennial flower. That something that brings happiness.

  9. Thanks for all of your comments. And yes, Sara, I do think that “noncommittal” can -“drain all your energy and happiness”. I feel like you basically are ‘floundering around, without a real purpose in life,’ when you habitually refuse to commit to anything. Now, thats got to do something to the “psyche”, and I don’t mean good?!?!?!? Yes, we sure do need to pray that prayer to “keep that ‘internal critic’ away”

  10. The Bible says, let your yes be yes and your no be no. Everything else is sin ! That is…. all the talk and excuses and vain imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of what the will of God is.

  11. Needles, in thinking on your comment ” to do something to the “psyche”. If we go back to the end of your quote, “To commit is to remove your head as the barrier to your life.” If I am understanding all this it says how you think is how you will act. Is this right?

  12. By commiting ourselve to God, our family, our work , recreation, ect…, we are freeing ourselves from a wondering mind. A mind with no commitment and no structure can lead to trouble. A wondering mind has no set boundaries and is never satisfied. As Needles stated “floundering around without a real purpose in life.” This can lead to TROUBLE. God knew this when he brought His children out of Egypt, and therefore He gave them the Ten Commandments. These commandments were basic laws and boundaries the children of Israel were to commit to and follow. Just before Moses came down from the mountain, the “wondering minds” of God’s children became fearful and didn’t know which way to turn. They decided to build a ‘golden calf’ to worship. So they could commit themselves. Their “wondering minds” mislead them to worshipping a false idol. TROUBLE!!!!!! God knows how the human mind works, how commitment will control the mind and how noncommitment will lead to an out of control wondering mind with no limits. Dangerous!! Without commitment we become fearful. We don’t know which way to turn, just like the Israelites when they first came out of Egypt. They were fine as long as Moses was in their sight and leading them. They were commited to him. When he went up into the mountain, the children were so fearful that some were ready to go back to Egypt where they were slaves. Noncommitment brings fear and insecurity. The Israelite children were more secure as slaves of Egypt than they were with a wondering mind. Commitment brings security and adds much needed boundaries to our life. God’s word is our security, our boundary and our prevention from a wreckless life.

  13. Yes, I think so, Sara….. If the head is a barrier, than by definition, a barrier is an obstruction, as a fence or anything that blocks or hinders. Now, if the wrong thoughts are in our head, then the head becomes our barrier, right? So we must remove that barrier (wrong thoughts in the head) so that our actions are appropriate, maybe??

  14. “The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic….. I believe this is talking about our conscious. A conscious that is commited to God is good but a conscious without commitment to God is evil and wreckless. I think Proverbs explains this… Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; DO NOT DEPEND ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING…… ” Do not depend on our own understanding (internal critic). Remember our internal critic is flawed by flesh but God is perfect. He is our security, our boundary, our safe environment, our goodness, our love…. Commitment to God frees us from the tyranny of our internal critic.

  15. conscience : an inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one’s behavior :

    Thank you Chickenfarmer. I think I am starting to understand a little. Proverbs got it right we sure can’t trust our own understanding. Paul prayed that we would be strengthen in our inner man. We need it, don’t we!

  16. As I continue to read and study this most interesting dialogue I am seeing that commitment calls for boundaries. I think both Debi and Chickenfarmer have mentioned this. I sure hope I remember to work on making commitments as it sets boundaries and gives freedom! How Cool!

  17. I was thinking about the conscience and internal critic insights above. I John 3:18-22 speaks of conscience (other translations refer to it as heart). There’s a lot of power and freedom in aligning our conscience with God. That alignment is a boundary because just as a tire alignment keeps your vehicle driving straight, so keeping a clear conscience w/ God keeps your mind straight. And I see the actions that love requires as a boundary like on a soccer field. When the ball goes out of bounds the game stops; when it’s kept in bounds there’s a lot of good action.
    “Dear children, we must show love through actions that are sincere, not through empty words. This is how we will know that we belong to the truth and how we will be reassured in his presence. Whenever our conscience condemns us, we will be reassured that God is greater than our conscience and knows everything. Dear friends, if our conscience doesn’t condemn us, we can boldly look to God and receive from him anything we ask. We receive it because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him.” I John 3:18-22

  18. Boundaries keep security and purpose functioning. If the students come into my classroom, and I don’t start the class in the usual, orderly way in which I have trained them from the beginning, they get confused and ‘wondering” and it’s difficult to rein them back in. They find security in this and when that has been established at the beginning of class, then I can introduce something new or different. They ask for that opening routine and they feel safe in that.

  19. ‘rational hestitation’…if hesitation definition means to waver, falter, vasillate, be indecisive, slothful, then how can that be rational (reasonable, sound judgement)? It sounds like instead of sound judgement, one has doubts and double-mindededness. Fear doesn’t want to be known or seen as fear so it dresses up and tries to pretend that the doubts, indecisiveness, slothfulness, etc is a very rational thing to do. But unmasked, it is seen for what it is because fear and doubt get you nowhere fast.
    “…A person who has doubts is like a wave that is blown by the wind and tossed by the sea. A person who has doubts shouldn’t expect to receive anything from the Lord. A person who has doubts is thinking about two different things at the same time and can’t make up his mind about anything.” James 1:6-9
    I think decisiveness and committment can help give fear a knock-out punch. I admire those who are decisive and committed..their progress shows in what they accomplish. Their fear must be the fear of the Lord.
    “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” II Tim 1:7

  20. Debi, Just love the way you have worded this ‘rational hesitation,’ The one that does it many times thinks they are right. They think they have heard from the Holy Spirit. Yet, it is all those things you named and not of God. We think we have to tell God that we can’t make a decision and share a decision because He is going to punish us for it by bringing a disaster.. Fear! Then when one you are in relationship with gives you their wishy- washy answer it spills over on you and it puts agitation in you., Then agitation leads to other negatives, And, it is a cowardly act when one knows what they are saying and they are saying No but don’t have the backbone to say it, which is the calm assurances, that God is in control.

    Revelation 21:8 “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

    This quote is so amazing and gives us a spring board to a new way of living, I think. Thanks Needles!

  21. Sara, the only way to get rid of such a distructive conscience is through the Lord Jesus Christ. God is our only HOPE. Hebrews 6:19 This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain of God’s inner sanctuary.” GOD IS OUR ONLY HOPE….Romans 15:13 “I pray that God, THE SOURCE OF HOPE, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust Him. Then you will overflow with confident HOPE through the power of the Holy Spirit.” God our only HOPE will fill us with peace and joy changing the bad conscience to a good conscience. Hebrews 9:14 “Just think how much more the blood of Christ will PURIFY OUR CONSCIENCES from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the enternal Spirit, Christ offered Himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.” Yes there is Hope for changing a bad conscience. The only way this can be done is through our Lord Jesus Christ. WITHOUT JESUS WE ARE HOPELESS!!!!!

  22. Sometimes when hope seems dim and faith grows weak and love falls short I read the Daily Lily motto and hope grows, faith rises and love seems possible. Chickenfarmer your lily is blooming wide today bringing hope. Thanks. And Needles the quote you shared with us trumpets faith because faith extinguishes the fear. Thank you.And Sara serves others always…always with the true love of Christ. Many thanks.

  23. Didn’t Jesus say that even Solomon in all his glory was not furnished, equipped and outfitted as gloriously as THE LILIES!

  24. Like Sara suggests, repeatedly doing something a certain way might indicate that it is the only way, “thinking they are right”. This can result in erroneous reason and attitude.
    Conversely, repeatedly doing something the same way with the same thinking, over and over, expecting different results, is madness.

  25. Interestingly enough, “rational hestitation” must be blowing in the wind of the Spirit because today Beth Moore’s devotional says, “Oh beloved give HIM a chance to leap and dance (and sing) over you! Dare to do what HE is calling you to do! (commit???) And don’t always be so REASONABLE!”

  26. I like Beth’s way of thinking. Commit and don’t hesitate with ‘hemming and hawing’ thinking we are playing it safe and using God or family or friend as our excuse. That goes back to coward, doesn’t it!
    I have seen this cause much trouble in Christians groups where things could be lovely except this habit that MG spoke of repeating the same old over and over! I like Chickenfarmer’s way, get rid of a destructive conscience by making a step into God’s inner sanctuary. Behind the veil we find Hope! We can only go there by a clean and commit conscious.
    “And you shall hang the veil from the clasps
    and bring the ark of the Testimony into place within the veil;
    and the veil shall separate for you the Holy Place
    from the Most Holy Place.- Exodus 26:33 (AMP)
    “But, any unclean thing that enters into the presence of the Lord will perish. That was the purpose of the veil. Not as much parental punishment, as merciful protection.” (taken from a Bible Study from The Hem of His Garment)

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