I admire individuals for their unstoppable, unbreakable, and relentless commitment to God, to others, to  their responsibilities, and to living well.

Commitment is the glue of what’s valued in life.  A passivity settles in when commitment is required but not practiced, making it easier to walk away from who and what matters.

As a pastor I see the damage which occurs when commitment disappears.  I’m determined the message of commitment is heard.  I’ve discussed commitment at great length with a young couple who will be married this weekend.  I’m officiating their wedding. They’ve told me about their commitment to God and one another.   I believe them.   That said, I want to make sure their commitment to one another is not just for their beginning days but for every day.

One of the saddest moments in this world occurs when an individual is no longer committed to who and what matters.  So. When I officiate a wedding, I make time for premarital counseling and connect the couple with mentors. I believe my responsibility is not just to officiate their wedding but to help the couple understand what marriage means, giving them tools to commit to making their marriage strong on a daily basis.

So.  I want to see commitment not only exists but will be front and center for whatever comes their way.   Young couples often believe they will be immune from the power of difficult circumstances creating problems and distance in their relationship. Of course, I give the couple an earful of reality, including the need for commitment 24/7.  

The thing is . . . commitment is essential to develop the kind of marriage that others take note of . . . a marriage to remember because it not only makes the couple’s individual lives better but the world around them, a rarity.

A great way to describe the power of commitment is found in Romans 8:31

What, then, shall we say in response to these things?

If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8: 31, NLT).

When I understand that God is for me, then I’m stronger each day, willing to face whatever comes my way.  It defines the power of an unstoppable, unbreakable, and relentless commitment.

Commit to living the best life ever–commit to God, to others, to your responsibilities, and to living well with an unstoppable, unbreakable, and relentless commitment.

It matters—Kerrie

View from my JOYs:  Eating together requires a commitment of time and effort for our family.  I love what happens when we get together, knowing we are committed to one another from generation to generation.

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I hope you are able to come to South Salem Nazarene Church (1661 Boone Rd SE Salem, OR 97306) this Sunday at 10:45 AM. We will be focusing on three components of a great life.  I will look for you.

(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

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