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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

#AfterShow-COMMITMENT, or What Do You Intend to DO About it?

“Your threshing season will overlap with the grape harvest, and your grape harvest will overlap with the season of planting grain. You will eat your fill and live securely in your own land.—Leviticus 26:5 (NLT)
...A new year is a tempting time to run after increase by the world’s standards, but God promises we’ll be blessed with abundant life when we chase Him alone—the Giver of all good things"

A few weeks back this was my morning devotion, and it spoke as much to the New Year as to the new season I am entering in my life. I’m going all in this time, saying “Yes” and trusting God like my life depends on it (it does). No bargaining, no deals, just trust. As usual….God’s timing fascinates me.

I am evolving in so many ways, my health and wellness in the wake of the Today Show is just what everyone sees. So, the question occurred to me….what do I intend to do about it?? Lately I’ve been participating in an exercise where we examine one word per week. It never quite comes out like I intended, and that’s a beautiful thing.

The week’s word challenge was COMMITMENT. Instantly I went to my health and wellness changes and whether I was willing to commit to them for the long term. To what are you committed? It then occurred it me….there is only one commitment, and that is to honor God.

COMMITMENT originates from Middle English and Anglo-French, and means to connect or entrust. If I am committed, then it all matters. What I choose to say and not say. What I choose to do or not do. How I present myself to the world-whether anyone is watching or not.

COMMITMENT is about all the choices you make, collectively, across every single portion of your life. Being committed is a lifestyle AND, once you commit, that action takes hold in all you say and all you do. I no longer believe that you can be committed to some things and not to others. 

Commitment is a discipline, and while you may focus to a greater extent on some things than others, your level of commitment does not change.

I recently read something that has become a milestone and mantra for me.

Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.
Thich Nhat Hanh

I am not suggesting that you must be fully aware and committed across all areas of your life, but I am learning that the discipline does spread. You start where you are, and do what you can. Your commitment will become your lifestyle, and that is when change occurs.

Let's do this thing. Let's commit to more, and trust that 

He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion...Phillippians 1:6




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