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Commitment is a common theme in books, videos and song lyrics - whether it's securing commitment, seeking commitment, or the breach of commitment - it's everywhere!
So, what does commitment mean to me? The good ol' Websters dictionary defines commit this way: "To carry into action deliberately." That's deep!
When the Hubby and I were planning our wedding, we had a long talk about commitment and what it meant to us as a couple. We decided together that we wanted a God-honoring marriage that was an example of the relationship between God and the body of believers (Ephesians 5:23-32).
God is committed to His believers - when I began my relationship with God over 15 years ago, I deliberately chose to entrust my life and future to Him and He promised me (as He does all believers) that he would never leave me (Hebrews 13:5b), or force me out (John 6:37b). I believe, like Paul wrote in Romans 8:35-39, that nothing can separate me from God's love because I belong to Him and nothing can "pluck me out of His hand" (John 10:26-30). That's an incredibly deep commitment.
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Commitment is the glue that bonds us together even when things happen - tough times, grad school, busy-ness, financial troubles, etc. Do you see what's missing in the definition of commitment? There's no mention of, "when I feel like it" or "when circumstances allow it" or "when things are going well". Commitment is the reason I scratch his back, cook his favorite meals, and apologize after a fight - even when I don't feel like it. Commitment is the reason he works hard to provide for me and plans a special date night for us once a month, even when he's tired or doesn't feel creative.
A good marriage - a strong marriage - is worth investing in! I want that. We want that. And we've deliberately chosen to invest in our marriage relationship.
First, are you someone 'who's playin' for keeps'? Are you in a relationship with someone 'who's playin' for keeps'? And more importantly, are you willing to commit to making your relationship not only work, but thrive?