Commitment

American Flag with EagleDedication r loyalty to someone or something; a pledge, a promise

There is always a way-if you’re committed… Anthony Robbins

Losers make promises they often break. Winners make commitments they always keep.  Dennis Waitley

You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day. Marian Edelman

   Keeping commitments is a very important aspect of our overall well-being. We have pledged to carry through to a course of action, keeping a promise or fulfilling a contract. Our strength of character, integrity, honesty, self-image and other desirable traits will be directly affected by how well we keep such commitments.

    Keeping our commitments causes good characteristics to be strengthened. Failing to keep commitments weakens us and does us considerable harm. We have pledged to see something through to its completion. We are prepared to be inconvenienced, burdened, work as hard as necessary, go the extra mile as needed and do what it takes to fulfill our promise. Be wary when someone makes a promise to do something as uses the words “I will try”. We should know better than to believe this.

    A trustworthy person does keep their commitments. It is important that as citizens and members of society we be trustworthy. Otherwise, we have chaos and lawlessness. Laws, fines, police, lawyers, judges, and jails are all directly involved in and affected by society’s ability to keep or not keep its commitments. As individuals, if we purposely do not keep a commitment, we have a serious character flaw.  We all have known those who are untrustworthy; we have little or no confidence they can be counted on to keep their promises. We also know those in whom we have absolute trust in the integrity of their commitments. None are perfect; we all make mistakes. Failing to keep a commitment one time is one thing. Things happen. Failing a second time tends to be easier than the first time. We know bad habits become easier through repetition and slippery slopes. Honoring our commitments is not only a sacred trust to someone or something; it is also a very sacred trust to ourselves.

   It is very serious when we cannot trust ourselves. This means others cannot trust us as well. It causes serious problems to our relationships with others. Failing to keep a commitment is something we should try to avoid at all costs. Be very careful and do so only when it absolutely unavoidable and not because it is an easy way out. When we fail in our commitments we are failing ourselves. A good rule of thumb is: “never make a commitment we are not absolutely committed to keeping.” It is such a foolish thing to do.

Challenge:  Are you trustworthy? Do you keep commitments to yourself as well as to others? Have you failed to keep commitments in the past? Do not make commitments too easily, but when you do, go to the nth degree to honor them. What commitments have you made you are not living up to? Now is the time to re-commit. Are there any new commitments you need to make that you have been putting off? Keep your commitments.

Wisdom: Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach. Tom Robbins    

Spiritual: (NIV)

Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice. Proverbs 16:8

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13

 

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  James 1:5

 

Those who live by values and principles keep commitments. Those whose lives are built on solid foundations, are responsible and hold themselves accountable and can be counted on. Those who have the strength and power coming from a right relationship with God will be people who have these characteristics. The ways of the world lead us away from these principles. God lead us toward these principles and leads us toward living righteously.           

 

Prayer:  Help me to have strength of character. Help me to be trustworthy. Help me to keep my commitments.                         

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