In today’s fast-paced society, commitment is not something that pops into most people’s minds on a daily basis. We are constantly presented with numerous choices and opportunities with little encouragement for making long-term and thorough commitments.
No, I am not talking only about relationships but also everything else that fills your calendar (this is after all who you really are), whether that be church activities, family get-togethers, college classes, work, and friendships. Here, I discuss some important commitments we can make for a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
Joshua 24:15 says “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
We must commit to our faith in Jesus Christ and live our lives according to that commitment, daily.
This is the basis of our existence and commitment to God will reinforce our other commitments. Going to church on most Sundays is hardly a commitment, but serving in our community on most days demonstrates your commitment to your faith and brings daily joy to your life. A regular quiet time with the Lord including Bible reading and prayer further establishes your commitment to your personal faith.
We all have, or will have, families in some form or fashion. Commit to those relationships, whether that be your fiancé, spouse, kids, or extended family and show your love for them. Play a game together as a family, watch a movie, go for a trip, have a meal together, discuss, read the same book, and so forth.
This day and age we have an endless list of activities we can do together. Going to your home, greeting your family, and then withdrawing to your room with your phone is not committing to your family. I would argue that leaving your phone and/or other devices in another room while interacting with your family is quite gratifying. I challenge you to try it sometime.
Now for college students, this is an important commitment. You have decided to take a class and half-way through the semester you discover that you do not like the course, therefore, you stop showing up and completing the work. This is not following through your commitment to the class, to your professor, nor to your education.
Yes, you can change your mind, and even your major, but follow through with your commitment and think positively. Find something you like about the course and let that drive your focus and commitment. Make changes after your commitment to that course ends.
As a student, you should be committing to all your classes and follow through with all the assignments and class attendance. You will be setting a great example for other students and making positive impressions to your professors.
The same should apply to your work, as you will be constantly evaluated by your supervisors and peers. On top of this, you are getting paid to do your job well through your commitment.
We all know friends are an important component in our everyday lives. However, do we let them know continuously that we appreciate them and are committed to the friendship?
Being committed to your friends does not mean that you go to Whataburger every night with them when you should be studying. It does, however, mean that you do respond to their emails and calls and plan some time aside to interact with your friends to nourish the friendship.
Commitment also means to be available for a friend in need and being open and vulnerable about your own life and struggles. Deep friendships are something to treasure; they are true gifts of God. Not everyone gets to experience these interactions, so if you have an amazing friend, hold onto that relationship by commitment.
Commitment is something we should all pay more attention to as our commitments define who we are. Our commitments also dictate how we fill our calendars and spend our time.
Committing to something is not easy, but meaningful things in our lives rarely are. Proverbs 16:3 says “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Make a commitment today and follow through that commitment long-term for a start of a more meaningful life.