In everything that we set out to do, especially things that have to do with self-discipline, are not always easy to follow through. I am sure you can think of at least one hobby that you picked up and dropped, right? Like, many of you reading this probably would have been able to play an instrument, speak another language or imagined yourself at a more advanced fitness level by now. However, life has a funny way of catching up with us and mess with our schedule and we simply 'do not have time'.
One of my friends who was reading my blog actually called me out on this saying "Weren't you supposed to be writing something you're thankful for EACH DAY?" My response, "Umm, yeah, that's true, I really did not have a chance", to which he replied, "How much time does it take to say that you are thankful for having electricity to be able to get ready in the morning?"...Selah...
My friend is absolutely right. In our society and the world we live in to day we tend to dislike commitment and often do not follow through. I really appreciate having people in my life that care enough to keep me accountable and who take notice and are willing to call me out when i am dropping the ball by speaking truth into my life. When we do that for one another in love and with a genuine best interest at heart, we are helping each other to grow. Commitment to what we set out to do, no matter how small a task, and our ability to follow through, producing good fruit is a clear indication of our character. This is even more powerful when these are the commitments that we keep ourselves accountable for, even when no one else is watching.
What are some of those commitments that you need to revisit? Have you conformed to the patterns of this world and loosened your grip on some of the things that you thought you would never compromise? Are there areas where you want to see results that need your attention? Share them with a good friend so they can keep you accountable! I know I have at least one friend who did this for me...
"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize?
So run that you may obtain it.
Every athlete exercises self-control in all things.
They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.
But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified."
~ 1 Corinthians 9:24-27