The last six weeks our church has been involved in a series of group studies, sermons, and daily readings all focused on how to recognize our commitment to our faith and how to grow that commitment. It was a really motivational and inspiring six weeks. I found that the things discussed that show our commitment in faith and ways we can further our devotion can also apply across the realm to our commitment in any of our passions. For myself, I hope my devotion to God is evident in everything and is the #1 commitment I have, but it is interesting to see how the life lessons from our sermons can be related to many other areas of interest as well. What ways do we know we are committed to something and how do they help continue fostering that commitment? Read on to find out.
1. Regularly Be Involved. We discussed the value of presence – showing up and regularly taking action.
It makes sense. If you are committed to something, it is part of your life and you will make a point to not go too long without it. In relationships, you thrive when you are committed to spending a lot of time together. In fitness, you reach your goals when you have regularly scheduled workouts and training. While working towards a goal, you should be taking active steps almost daily to continue progress in them. With God, you are fulfilled through worshipping and recognizing his blessings more often than just Easter and Christmas. It is difficult to achieve anything if you aren’t involving yourself in it frequently.
2. Make connections. One way to help ensure we are developing our commitments and to keep our drive going is to have others we know are supporting us.
If you have someone to share a passion with and that you can depend on, it is harder for the flame to die out. In faith that means building relationships with other Christians, but more importantly strengthening your relationship with God. Prayer is a vital part of this. We have to know God in order to be more like Him and live in the example of Jesus Christ. The only way we can know Him is to be connected to Him. That connection is prayer. While prayer is, in my mind, vital to all things, the necessity for connections reaches beyond faith lessons. Imagine the strength you can get from training for a race with others cheering you on. Or the feeling of success at work when you are in a helpful environment. Or how you don’t feel silly for a particular goal and want to give up when you have friends encouraging you that it is possible.
3. Share the love. When you are passionate about something, you can’t stop the love of the sport, hobby, person, beliefs, etc from pouring out of you. You want so tell others about it. You want to help others achieve the same things. You want to see people grow in new ways. You want to watch others open their eyes to new possibilities and share that excitement with them.
As bloggers, I believe we can all readily understand this. We have a strong desire about a number of topics and we openly share those on our blogs. I think many of us want to help others and be able to encourage someone the same way someone else may have helped us. The same goes for any passion we have. As a Christian, you are committed to giving back because you are so thankful for the blessings God has poured out on you that you have to share out of pure joy and love. As advocates for healthy living, we can know how much more enjoyable our lives are with the energy and strength we get through our lifestyles that we want everyone to feel the same way. As friends or lovers, we want the significant people in our lives to know just how much they mean to us by showing them love and kindness. You can’t lock a passion for something up in a box. It thrives on being shared openly with others. The cool thing is, when you share with others, it also reaffirms your devotion and starts the cycle all over again. You will want to share more, be more involved, and make more connections. It is a never-ending process that continues to thrive because of these aspects of our commitment.
- What things are you committed to? Do you recognize these 3 areas in them?
- Is there something you would like to be more committed to that you think these actions could help?
i would definitely say that blogging is a huge one, but the biggest commitment right now (besides my marriage) is my commitment to the church we are helping to plant in the denver/boulder area. it’s been hard work, and it’s not always easy, but it’s something my husband and I are BOTH passionate about, and we’ve been so blessed to be a part of it!
Love it 🙂
Ah, this is a good one. I think one thing I am very committed to is my exercise habits. I guess I have 2 – healthy eating. I think the 2 go hand-in-hand for me. Most of my connections have been via blogging and not so much personal unfortunately.
Excellent post- gets me thinking. I would like to get back involved with a church- I grew up in the church..but then during high school it kind of faded due to all of the practices I had for Track & Cross Country (yes…even on Sundays!)
I am committed to being there for others- for advice, or just someone to talk to. I think it is important to be there for others in times of need.
Those are definitely true characteristics of commitment, which I never would’ve realized if it were not for this post. I’d say that I’m committed to my faith, blogging, and my family. I hope that there are other things that I commit to in the future (i.e. a new career, my marriage) but I’m quite positive that the three I have now will remain for the rest of my life! Especially #1 and #3 🙂
I’d add one thing – money. I once heard someone say that you can tell someone’s values by looking at his or her checking account. I believe this is true to a certain extent. Where and how we spend our money says a lot about what we’re committed to. When I look at my checking account and see too much money spent on new clothes and not enough given away to the church and charity, it’s a good reminder for me to reassess my spending so that it aligns with my beliefs and commitments.
Totally agree! We talked a lot about that at church as well. I tried to include it a bit in the “share the love” part of what had, but it’s hard to fit money into a post! LOL
I loved this post! Right now I am definitely committed to my family. Especially my mom. She is battling breast cancer and being there for her one hundred percent is my biggest concern 🙂
Something I am totally committed to is my walk with the Lord…I know what my life is like with and without Him..and I can say it doesn’t even make sense to go a day without the Lord now!
I wish I were more committed to helping and reaching out to others, I currently do it from time to time, but I want it to become part of my every day life!