Some folks are married but not committed to their spouse.
Some folks are wealthy but not committed to giving to the poor.
Some folks are thin but not committed to a healthy lifestyle.
Some folks are saved but not committed to Christ.
As you can see, it’s impossible to have a certain attribute, but not be committed.
Are you committed?
One way to prove your commitment level is consistency.
The more consistent you are with something whether it’s honing in on your craft, business or talent, or spending quality time to get to know someone – it’s often a matter of how consistent you are with cultivating that relationship which will determine the outcome.
For example, say I want to lose 20 lbs -if I work out once a month, even if it’s for 2 hours that one time – I may not see the results I’m looking for. But if I work out every single day at least 30 minutes to an hour a day while cutting calorie intake, then I may see a nice decrease in that red number on the scale.
In this example, the fact that I chose to be consistent in my workout regimen proved my commitment level. One of Webster’s definitions for the word, “commitment” is, “the act of pledging or engaging.”
Just like as a child you may have pledged allegiance to the flag, you can also pledge allegiance to the cause of whatever it is you’re committed to.
So for today’s devotional I’d like to encourage you to consider what it is you’re committed to – whether it’s your relationship with God, your family, your career, discovering your life’s mission and purpose, losing weight, getting out of debt, preparing for your future spouse, living life drama free – whatever the case may be…jot down things you can do for the remainder of this year to engage in the process.
For example, if it’s a commitment to your relationship with God, commit to praying in the morning at least 30 minutes a day (or more), and going to church every Sunday even when it’s raining or you don’t feel like it or reading at least one Scripture a day.
If it’s family, commit to calling your parents at least once a day or once every few days, acknowledge every one’s birthdays with at least a phone call, and invite the family over for dinner at least once a month. These are all just examples of ways you can add engagement and consistency to whatever it is your committed to.
So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. John 21:15-17
*Originally published on Kim on the Web.