Step Over the Line

For several years I have wanted to go to the Alamo in San Antonio. Many people had told me I would be disappointed. I was not. I was in awe. I was in awe of the COMMITMENT of the group of men who stood their ground and fought for a principle 175 years ago. One of the definitions of “commitment” is “…..when you are willing to give your time and energy to something that you believe in, or a promise or firm decision to do something….”.

I was also in awe of the commitment of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, who care for and maintain the Alamo with no financial help from the local, state or federal government. They rely on gift-shop proceeds and donations to preserve the Alamo grounds and exhibits and I did my best to give to their cause while I was there!

We have all heard the phrase “Stepping over the line”. It is mainly used to express that someone has made a decision or commitment to something they believe in and they refuse to change their mind. It means that they have chosen sides – and stepped over the line to that “side” . When you “step over the line”, it means you have have not only made your choice – you have promised, and you will not go back.

It was March 5, 1836, and Colonel William Barrett Travis had known for several days that his situation inside the old Spanish mission called the Alamo had become hopeless. Several thousand soldiers under the command of Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna had Travis and 189 others surrounded. Legend has it that Travis gathered his men and shared with them what he thought were their three remaining choices: Surrender, attempt to escape, or “remain in this fort…resist every assault, and to sell our lives as dearly as possible.”

Unsheathing his sword, Travis drew a line on the ground before his battle-weary men. In a voice trembling with emotion he described the hopelessness of their plight and said, “those prepared to give their lives in freedom’s cause, come over to me.” Without hesitation, every man, except two, crossed the line. One ran away, and the other, Colonel James Bowie, stricken with pneumonia, asked that his cot be carried over. The line is remembered as “The Grand Canyon of Texas” because it meant so much to very survival of Texas as an independent territory.

Our men and women of the United States military make the commitment to serve our country – they “step over the line”. They risk everything – their lives, their physical, mental and emotional health – to fight for our freedom. My team, Team Thaxton, has COMMITTED to become “boot evangelist” for the Boot Campaign, represented by a group of five women who are COMMITTED to bringing awareness of our wounded warriors and support the causes which support those warriors.

We have COMMITTED to inspire the mortgage industry to “….get their boots on….” and motivate individuals and companies to purchase 1,100 pairs of boots in 2011. We are “….willing give of our time and energy to something that we believe in, and have made a firm decision…” to do just that.

What about you? Are you ready to “step over the line” and commit to a cause you believe in? One that you are willing to invest your time and energy into? If so, tell me what it is!

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