It is sometimes difficult to keep to a commitment. Consider the beginning of a New Year, when many of us make New Year’s Resolutions and we commit to:
We start off with the best of intentions but many of us do not continue on with our commitment. We lose focus, continue to be busy and allow other things to distract us.
We must start with making this an absolute priority in our lives and designing a structure to keep us close to Him.
How many of us would take a trip somewhere we have never been before and not check out a map to know the right way to go and how to get there safely? Even if you have a good sense of direction, it would be foolish to not pay attention to what steps you need to take to get there. It is the same with our decisions and actions in the workplace or in our personal lives. There is a right path and a wrong path. God gives direction on what steps we should be taking on our paths. A commitment to walking with Him starts with a commitment to spending time with Him in prayer, Bible study and meditation. A commitment to turn to Him for direction before stepping out in unknown territory.
Our commitment to do His Will and in His Way, is an opportunity to praise Him and thank Him for His love for us.
Dear Heavenly Father: Lord, I no longer want to take lightly my commitment to walk with you, step by step. Whether the step is a decision to be made, an action to be taken or a conversation to have, I want to take the step that honors You. I will only know what the right step is when I have committed it to you and spend time with you in prayer and study. Lord, please give me the wisdom, strength, discipline and time management skills to put you first. Help me not to let the busyness of life interfere with turning to you to know what step to take. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Putting Commitment into Practice:
Monday: On a scale of 1 to 10, how difficult is it for you to follow-through on a commitment? 1 means it is easy to make a commitment but difficult to stick to it and 10 means it does not matter what the commitment is, who it is regarding or how long it takes, it is easy for you to follow-through.
Give careful thought to the paths for Your feet and be steadfast in all Your ways. Proverb 4:26
Tuesday: You have made a commitment to follow God’s path. This path is made of many steps along the way: some are seemingly large and some are seemingly small. What visual can you give yourself of your commitment to remember the steps and take the steps. A good visual will remind you of God’s love and your commitment to honor Him by following His path. It could be a picture of a path in the woods you choose forÂ your screen saver or to frame on your wall. It will remind you of walking with God and even though things may be unknown to you, they are known to Him.
Direct me in the path of Your commands, for there I find delight. Psalm 119:35
Wednesday: Just like it is difficult to stick to a diet or a healthier eating regime, it is sometimes difficult to always take the right step that is next on your path. Is there something, in particular, you struggle with at work regarding a step you know God wants you to take? It could be as simple as depending on His peace during a difficult discussion, or changing your job situation. Based on your prayers and Bible reading, is God nudging you to take a certain step?
In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6
Thursday: If you are having difficulty taking a step you know God wants you to take, what is a Bible verse you can claim that gives you the wisdom and strength to take the step? Perhaps it could be Isaiah 42:16:
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.
PickÂ a verse and commit it to memory. Then choose a cue that will remind you of it often during the day. A structure will help you stay focused on your commitment.
I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:11
Friday: Do you know someone at work who is struggling with taking the next step they know they should take? Ask them if there is anything you can assist them with and let them know you are praying for them.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29
May God richly bless you this week as you make a commitment to pray to Him regarding every situation and to seek what He says in His Word.
Bonny, Christian Women at Work