Let me ask you something: Are you getting the results that you want? If not, one reason could be due to a lack of commitment. Commitment is when you willingly promise, pledge, and/or obligate yourself to do something until the thing is done, regardless of fleeting situations, circumstances, moods, or feelings. Commitment is connected to your “WHY.” Commitment is connected to your belief. Commitment is from the soul. (Joyce Meyer defines “soul” as the “mind, will, and emotions.”) So, when you truly commit yourself to a thing, you believe in it from your soul, it’s deeply connected to your “why,” and you will not stop, until that thing is done.
Take marriage, for instance. If a marriage is not working, it’s quite probable that it’s due to a lack of commitment (which could be due to a shallow “why” for getting married in the first place or a lack of belief in marriage or that this particular marriage will work) with one or both people. Let’s face it: marriage DOES take TWO. So, if both people are not truly committed, there will be difficulty, to say the least. That is, if there is no willingness and no soul-felt obligation to do their part, regardless of moods, feelings, or circumstances, then there may be trouble.
Likewise, if you are a home-based business owner, and your business is not working, question yourself to determine if you are committed to your business being as successful as you want/need it to be. Your answer may surprise you. If you are unwilling to do whatever it takes for you to have a thriving business, then you are not committed. (Of course I’m speaking only of doing things that are legal, moral, and ethical.)
Keep in mind, commitment is not lip service. Anyone can SAY s/he is committed. Commitment is in the DOING. The evidence of commitment is TARGETED ACTION (as in committed to saving money and you actually put some money into a savings account) or CESSATION of something negative and/or harmful (as when a person stops smoking or overeating). The person keeps at whatever it is, until it is done.
I said earlier that commitment is from the soul, and that the soul is the mind, will, and emotions of a person. Is you head (mind) in the “game”? Do you believe there will be a favorable outcome? Is it something you actually want (will) to do? Have you actually chosen to do it? How do you really feel (emotions) about it? In a marriage, for instance, if your mind is on something (or someone) else, then you are not committed. The good thing is that you can control your thoughts and therefore can re-direct your mind toward your spouse and get re-committed to your marriage. It may take prayer and meditation, however, it can be done.
And, as far as the will goes, if you don’t want to do something, especially if you perceive it to be optional, you’re just not going to do it to the best of your ability, and therefore, you are not committed. For example, you may know that working out is good for you, but if you can’t find a way to really “want” to do it, you won’t choose to do it, and therefore, you are not committed to working out.
On the flip side, say for example, you have a newborn baby. Your MIND is on your baby. You WANT and CHOOSE to do whatever it takes to take care of your baby. Your LOVE is overflowing for your baby. You are, therefore, COMMITTED to your baby. Now, take out the word “baby” from all that I just wrote and replace it with whatever you need to be committed to. Then repeat the sentences. If it does not ring true for you down to your soul, then you are not committed to that thing. Make sense?
Sometimes, not being committed isn’t a bad thing. You have to decide for yourself if that thing is truly for you. Sometimes, it’s not and you can feel it in your spirit and therefore, you really shouldn’t commit to it. So, as always I say, whatever it is, just pray about it. Seek God’s will for your life and for what you should and should not be committed to. Go to the Word (Holy Bible) and see what the Word says on the subject. Pray for the revelation. Pray for understanding. And when your answer comes, LISTEN.
To your best life,