Commit: to bind or obligate, as by pledge or assurance.

Do you do a word for the year? I have done this, instead of the typical resolution, for the past 10 years. I am not a naysayer to resolutions. I think it's good to take time and reevaluate. To reflect. To pray. To seek God's direction. The New Year seems to be the most natural point in time to do it as we begin with a fresh calendar. I know some people balk at the concept but, I'm a "to each their own" kind of person. You do you boo. 

For me, the stereotypical resolution - lose weight, be healthier, go to the gym, be more organized - type don't bode well for me. I've tried those types and always ended up frustrated around the middle of February. So, in 2010, I learned about this new-to-me concept of choosing a word for the year. At first, I thought, what the heck am I going to do with a word? What does that even mean? Like, use it in a sentence as much as possible? What am I gonna do with a word? Well, the concept is pretty simple and amazing and successful if it's what you want to do. 

I can't remember what my first word was but, I do remember it was something I wanted to remember. One year I chose GRACE. The previous year I didn't have a lot of grace for myself or for others. I was heavily involved in the paper crafting industry and was feeling pretty down about my abilities. Being rejected is tough people! What I was missing, however, was the blessings and just the simple act of grace! So I made a canvas with the word and posted in it my room. All that year, the word was right in front of me. Some days were unsuccessful. Others were wonderful. The lesson learned and characteristic gained was that I practiced grace more often and still remember it. 

Last year, my word was COURAGE. I have to admit I wasn't completely successful on this one. I have a problem putting myself out there. For whatever reason, I feel like I'm elevating myself and bringing glory to my name. There were a few things I did that required courage though. I finished my first book. It's a small, five week study for Advent. Only 20 pages. But, it's a start and I put myself out there promoting it. I preached in front of my church. As someone who hated public speaking, that still scares me. It's quite the burden to shoulder when bringing the Word of God to His people. I want to make sure it's theologically sound and that I am allowing God to speak truth through me. 

This year, my word is COMMIT. Allow me to explain this one because it seems to ride on the shirt-tail of COURAGE. If you are at all familiar with the Myers Briggs thingy, I am an ENFP. If that's not your thing and you love Enneagram, I am a 7w6. If you aren't familiar with either of those, well, go look it all up and have fun. What these two sets of letters and numbers mean is, I am a hot mess when it comes to committing, focusing, keeping a habit, being consistent, etc. I lose focus and become easily distracted. SQUIRREL!!! Just an example, it has already taken almost an hour to write this post because I keep getting distracted by various things - I'm thirsty. What was that notification on my phone? What's my roommate doing? What was that outside? I'm hungry. - You get the idea. 

So, my reader, here is my manifesto with the word COMMIT for this year. It's already in big letters on my letter board and hanging on my bedroom wall. 

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Psalm 37:5-6
I will COMMIT to finding Sabbath moments each day. Moments that I can use to spend time in the Word instead of on social media or time spent worshipping instead of binge watching something on Netflix.

I will COMMIT to having courage in sharing the word of God with others. Whether it is through writing or speaking.

I will COMMIT to not being afraid of what others think of me. This is easier said than done but, I believe if I commit to trusting God with this, He is and will be forever faithful.

I will COMMIT to being intentional with my relationships while also understanding I don't have to invest in This is just not healthy! So, I will trust that God will use others to reach people that aren't meant to be on my plate and not take it personally.

I will COMMIT to writing each week. At least once a week! He knows how much I need to do this. He knows how good this is for my soul. He has designed me for such a time as this and I don't want to avoid or take it for granted. I don't want to be afraid or worried about what others think.

I will COMMIT to not compare myself to others. This gets me into trouble big time. He has created me uniquely with my own voice, the audience HE wants to speak to through me and I will relish in the simple fact that HE has requested I join HIM in this journey. Wow. What a gift and humbling honor.

I will COMMIT to putting myself out there. I know God has a use for my words and I need to not be afraid to submit or share these words with others.

I will COMMIT to taking care of myself and this body He has given me. Eek. This is borderline stereotypical resolutions but, I had a little wake up call at my last doctor appointment after a year of not eating well or taking care of my body. SO... with the perception of this body belonging to God and I want to be at my healthiest so I can serve HIM well, I am making that commitment.

I will COMMIT to following God and His lead and serving with hands wide open. Because I know how He operates. I can declare all these commitments and God can come in and throw curve balls 'cause He has and probably will continue to!

Whew. That seems like a lot of committing, doesn't it? The bottom line is, this word is going to apply to every aspect of my life. I want to commit to doing what is good, pure, holy, loving in HIS site. Will I fail? Oh for sure. I already know there will be days I will mess up royally. Possibly weeks! But, I know how gracious my God is and He will help dust me off and bring me back to the path He has chosen for me. 


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