Commitments Shape Your Life
Commitments Shape Your Life
My wonderful father shared the devotional below with my family via email. The following quote really moved me, "Tell me what you're committed to and I'll tell you what you'll be in twenty years. We become whatever we're committed to." Life is a funny thing to say the least, and as I look back over the last year I see how the commitments I've made are shaping my future. Sometimes the biggest lessons stem from a loss and manifest into wonderful blessings once you decide what really matters and choose the life you will live.
God blessed me with a vision to get clothing to underprivileged children and that epiphany blossomed into Mia's Closet. Mia's Closet has experienced exponential growth, and we have provided over a thousand children with clothing, mentors and sports activities over the last year. I have finally realized my goal of working as an image and personal branding consultant, and I have been an all around better family member and friend. None of these things happened over night. It was a conscious decision to take control over the things I have control of and run with it!
God is real, and you've just got to have faith that his favor is working through you! Putting all personal ambitions aside, the most important commitment I made this year was devoted to my spiritual walk. About a year and a half ago, my dad told me, "I don't care what church you go to, but you have to go somewhere. The Lord deserves your devotion and you need to fellowship with other believers." All I could do is say, "Ok" because I knew he was right. So I started praying about it -really hard- and the Lord answered my prayers in a bigger and better way than I could have ever imagined! I found The429! The ironic thing is that I have a friend from my parent's church who had been inviting me for about a year, and I never got around to going...little did I know! I've finally found a church home that operates on a level like I've never seen before. Pastor Jeremy Foster delivers a message backed by scripture (and he's so, so funny!), praise and worship is awesome and the members are sold out on serving the community!
Chose to commit to the people, relationships and goals that add value to your life. God is all about ordering our steps. He will even send us someone to help us get there. You just have to be ready and willing. Step out on faith and meet Him halfway! Your blessing is on the horizon!
You don't have to understand all the implications of your decision when you choose to follow Jesus. You simply need to respond to his invitation, to make a commitment to follow Christ. Your commitments shape you life more than anything else. Your commitments can develop you or they can destroy you, but either way, they will define you. Tell me what you're committed to and I'll tell you what you'll be in twenty years. We become whatever we're committed to. It is at this very point of commitment that most people miss God's purpose for their lives. Many are afraid to commit to anything and just drift through life. Others make half-hearted commitments to competing values, which lead to frustration and mediocrity. Others make a full commitment to worldly goals, such as becoming wealthy or famous, and end up disappointed and bitter. Every choice has eternal consequences so you need to choose wisely: "Since everything around us is going to melt away, what holy, godly lives you should be living!" (2 Peter 3:11 LB) Christlikeness comes from making Christlike commitments.