As a young person I heard a lot about commitment. In Youth Group, church services and other Christian circles the call to commitment was clear. We were told God wanted commitment, if we had strayed from the Faith we should recommit and commitment was lacking in the Church. I think I heard more sermons on commitment than anything else.
I heard the same message in my athletic career. Coaches told us over and over again that it was commitment that would lead to winning. If we would be fully committed to the process of training, preparation and execution we would win championships. We were given examples of athletes who were totally committed and shown their success.
The older I got the more I understood the call to commitment. I realized how the difference between where I was and where I could be was determined by my level of commitment. I came to believe very strongly in the power of commitment. Today I think it is key to success in life.
“I pledge allegiance,” “To tell the whole truth,” “I do.” You can’t live without making commitments. The person who refuses to commit himself or herself will be a person without God, without a spouse, without a job and possibly without a house, car and many other things in life. There is certainly no way to make an impact without commitment.
The willingness to make commitments is a mark of maturity – both emotional and spiritual. Only the immature try to slide through life without committing to anything. It’s the fear of commitment that causes many to miss God’s blessings.
There is tremendous power in a commitment. Commitment always unlocks the door to opportunities, to potential, to spiritual growth and to miracles. Successful people are just ordinary people who have chosen to make commitments that others are unwilling to make.
For many years I’ve watched God miraculously enable me to fulfill commitments that I make in faith – but had no idea how I was going to do it. God always makes a way when we fully trust Him.
As you consider making a commitment to give financially to the church, to get married, to go to college, to pursue a career, to chase your dreams - meditate on this powerful scripture: “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him to help you do it, and He will” (Psalm 37:5).


About Rick McDaniel

Rick McDaniel is a noted author, international communicator and church leader. He is the founder/senior pastor of Richmond Community Church in Richmond, Virginia. The church is known for its contemporary and innovative services and has a worldwide reach through McDaniel has earned three degrees including an advanced degree from Duke University and is the author of​ six​​ books including his latest "Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks." He has traveled and spoken at conferences and churches worldwide spanning six continents.

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