What Exactly is Commitment?
Commitment is defined as “the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.”
Yesterday, I once again resolved my commitment to working on my weight loss. Although, I do wonder if I’m crazy for making such a decision the week before Christmas! Around our house, it usually means tons of food including cookies, cakes and pies! Oh my!
If we look to the scriptures, we find Jesus wasting no time getting to the heart of commitment. He asked the disciples to give up their own lives and desires to follow him, or choose to go their own way and deny him. They had a choice. No matter what our beliefs are, we all have the same choice… to commit to our beliefs, or pursue our fleshly desires.
Like our beliefs, we can choose to commit to other things as well. Such as a commitment to our health, to our businesses and to our families.
Commitment Demands Action
When we choose to commit to things such as weight loss, it requires action on our part. It requires responsibility. Responsibility develops character. Character takes discipline.
In Proverbs 16:3, it says, ‘Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.’ – When we commit to whatever we do, it becomes a lifetime venture, requiring time, work and determination.
Decision Making for Health and Homestead
Not too long ago, I had to make some tough decisions. Deciding whether to stay on our homestead, or go out into the workplace and earn an income. I’d felt the Lord speak to my heart about providing for my family. According to I Timothy 5:8, it says that if we do not provide for our family, then we have denied the faith. This led me to make a renewed commitment to my business – a commitment I am willing to make.
I also had to decide if I was going to work on my health and weight loss. After a week of ‘cheating’ during meals, I wound up in a great deal of pain. This alone helped me to renew my commitment to my health. Here are 6 tips that help me with my struggle on weight loss.
In a Nutshell – Commitment is a Choice.
Like Ruth, who, in the Bible, made a choice… made a commitment to Naomi. She left her family and homeland to return with Naomi to Bethlehem.
When two people marry, they have made the choice to commit to each other, exclusively and permanently.
With weight loss, although it can be a struggle for most, it is a choice where we commit to eating healthy and taking care of our bodies.
And finally, in business, should we decide to branch out on our own, we make a commitment to build a business that is successful so we can provide for our family.
Is commitment easy? No. As I’ve said before, it requires decision. Then takes determination, action and responsibility. Whatever decisions we make and choose to commit to, it has both immediate and long-term consequences.
As a believer, I know that wise decisions can be made with the confidence that God will direct my every step as I seek His will through prayer, Bible study and listening to the Holy Spirit – the divine counselor.