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Day Five: Make the Commitment

Posted By at Sunday, March 10, 2019

FaithSpring’s 40-day Lent Challenge 2019

Day 5, Sunday, March 10: Make the Big Commitment

Making a commitment is a wonderful and beautiful thing, in part because it indicates that we are ready and willing to do something special.  Whether it’s a commitment to a loved one or something for ourselves, when we commit, our desire for change is escalated to a much higher level.  Each of us probably knows of something BIG that we need to get accomplished, but few of us will do it.  Why?  Because BIG commitments involve risk.

Oh, all commitments don’t always involve risk to personal injury or welfare, but all commitments do include the risk that the commitments won’t be fulfilled.  This is probably why we shy away from them.  For those of us who are more mature, self-aware, and careful than the average person, commitments are terrifying.  We’ve lived long enough and taken lots of things very seriously, only to be let down because of a failed commitment by us or someone else.  As conscientious people, we take our commitments seriously and we don’t want to hurt ourselves or other people by another failure.

However, there’s a potential problem when we approach commitments in this manner.  We could be hurting ourselves and the people we love.  Sure, we might think that we’re being careful and conservative by avoiding statements such as, “Yes, I’ll do It” or “No, I won’t do it”, but, in reality, we’re allowing the fear of commitment to take the driver’s seat while we’re stuck sitting in the back asking, “Are we there yet?”

Case in point:  We can’t get there (wherever that may be) without making BIG commitments.  First and foremost, we should be committing to God.  Second, we should be committing to the betterment and welfare of the people around us.  By doing those two things, we will automatically improve our own position of faith, love, and life.

It’s time.  Today’s challenge is to make the BIG commitment.

“Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3, NLT)