“There is no abiding success without commitment.” ~ Tony Robbins
Do you see your commitments as a ‘duty‘ that you must fulfil, or do you fulfill them in a joyful way?
We all have some forms of commitments. From our jobs to taking care of our family, volunteering our time, offering to drive a friend somewhere, working on our automobiles, college classes, etc. When you tell someone you will do something, you are committing yourself to something.
Commitment is a virtue. Keeping it is a mark of good character.
Paul Touriner has said this:
“To live is to commit. And to make and keep significant commitments is to live as the particular, identifiable person one is.”
So, my question is, once you have made a commitment to someone or something, how do you keep it? Out of ‘duty’ or in a joyful way? One of my favorite books in the Bible is the book of James. It is just packed full of good stuff. This verse in James is very relevant here.
“Do not be merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22
What James is saying here is that we shouldn’t just listen and be deceived about what God is telling us to do. We also need to be ‘doers.’ Another verse that will help you see where I am going with this is in 1 John.
“Dear Children, let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:18
We all should be keeping our commitments, but not out of ‘duty,’ but I feel like we should keep them because we want to. And not because we feel we ‘have to.’ Don’t feel obligated. Do it out of love….with a smile on your face…if you can. 🙂 I know that not all of our commitments are oh so fun, but let’s not be glum and dreary about them. Let’s be more cheerful and joyful about them..especially when we are helping others.
“If you deny yourself commitment, what can you do with your life?” Harvey Fierstein