Disciplines of the Spirit, Part 4: The Single Mind, 1960 October 16


In this fourth lecture of Disciplines of the Spirit, Howard Thurman discusses commitment and its significance. Deep within every man, there is a profound sense regarding the meaning of life itself. Those that believe that life is dynamic and essentially unfinished tend to also be of the mindset that there are always alternatives and options to be considered. In these instances, commitment becomes the experience through which a man passes when, deep within himself, he selects values and proceeds to lift this selection of values into the dimension of the absolute. While commitment consists of offering our yes completely, there are external forces that support and hinder our commitment. When yielding our consent to a cause that is more significant than life, the little that we have becomes a tremendous force. When our commitment involves the total surrender to the Kingdom of God, our strength and qualities are magnified.

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