Thursday, October 18, 2012

Are You Committed?

Hello Everyone!

It has been a long time since I've posted a blog.  It has literally been three months, and I honestly must say, that is too long.  I could give you many excuses, but what good would that do?  I'm sure some of you will be understanding and then some of you may not care at all.  But the truth is--I'm not satisfied or happy about it.  I believe that when we commit ourselves to something, we should do our best to fulfill the task that we have committed ourselves to.

At this point, I'm not sure what "satisfaction" looks like when it comes to posting blogs, but three months of nothing is waaaay too long.  What if this was the only inspiration someone in the world looked to, to be encouraged or inspired?  Well in three months of nothing, wouldn't you say I let them down?  Absolutely! 

I guess a good question would be--what is committment?  Commitment is the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.  (definition courtesy of Wikipedia).  Another defintion is an obligation or promise that restricts one's freedom of action (definition courtesy of World English Dictionary).  Commitment has everything to do with dedication and being obligated to something or someone.  With that being said, we should take all of our commitments seriously.  Our marriages, families and/or relationships, our jobs and/or careers, and especially our commitment to God.  We can't check in every three months.  Something or someone is going to suffer if we do. 

Now that I think about it, it is even possible to be so committed to one thing and some of our other commitments are pushed to the back burner because we are only focusing on that one thing.  And that one thing can be something good.  For example, as an author, I can be so committed to writing books to inspire the world and fail to take care of my home and family.  The house is a mess.  The hubby and kids have to fix their own dinner.  The dog has to walk himself.  LOL- You get my point right? 

Some of you might say that family should be understanding, but the truth is, when we have more than one thing we have committed to do, we have to learn how to balance everything.  How do we do that?  I honestly believe the key is through prayer.  I truly believe that if we acknowledge the Lord in all our ways, He will direct our path--day in and day out. (Proverbs 3:6)  He will teach us how to fulfill our commitments.  He will show us better ways to do things.  He will give us wisdom in how to handle those things. 

So today, think about your commitments and take observation.  Ask yourself, "Am I truly being committed to this (whatever it is)?  If yes, Kudos to you!  If not, don't beat yourself up about it, just get in there and do better. 

**It's funny how I came in here to post something else, non-related to commitment.  Trust and believe that this message is just as much about me, as it is any of you.**

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  Colossians 3:17 NIV

Stay Hopeful,