Time is a gift that we need to steward, noted author and speaker Joyce Meyer.
What better thing than to commit time to make the most of ourselves.
In John 15:16, Jesus states “You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.”—New Revised Standard Version, Bible, p. 878.
Commitment can be a scary word. There are a lot of “what-ifs” that can pop into your head that can cause confusion in our hearts. Commitment requires courage, faith, trust, and love. I am not just talking about just commitment of romantic relationships. I am talking about a commitment to ourselves; to care for ourselves in mind, spirit and body. I am also talking about a commitment to our Christian faith.
Research has shown that many women tend to put themselves last and put the care for others such as their parents, spouses, children, and friends, first. So where does it leave us…over tired, lacking sleep, perhaps frustrated, worn out, and prone to get sick.
I saw a meme today on Face Book that showed a toddler calling their Grandmother, “Help Grandma, your daughter has lost it.” I have been there and I can relate.
I have no problem giving to others as that is my natural instinct. However, some of us can overdo-it. Perhaps we need to remember and follow the instructions that flight attendants give: put your oxygen mask on first, then assist others. (The bold italics is my emphasis).
“We are supposed to receive from God, be blessed, and use what He gives us to bless other people,” noted Joyce Meyer.
Yet, we can take giving of ourselves beyond our limits. If we get sick, we are not much good to ourselves or others. Yet there seems to be a cultural demand on women to care for all that surround them. It is a commitment many are willing to make, thus sacrificing who we are.
I say, 2014, is this year to go all in…make a commitment to make one change in your life for spiritual, mental and physical health. What is going to be? If you make it your goal to improve just one percent each week, you will see a fifty percent improvement over the twelve months. Wow…taking a step to commit to caring for we will have an overall impact our self-esteem, our mind, our body, and our spirit. If we feel better, we will have more energy to do what we enjoy. Trust me…this will have a positive impact on our loved ones.
I made a commitment last month to study God’s Word. So twice a month, I am taking part in a Bible Study group with my friend Kristen Hornbrook of Defeat Your Goliath . I have made a couple of friends through doing do so. It has taken me out of my comfort zone. It is expanding my mind.
“When God puts a dream in your heart or shows you what He wants you to do, you will have to commit to it and persevere. You have to confront issues in your life that will hinder you from fulfilling it,” wrote Joyce Meyer in her book, The Secret to True Happiness: Enjoy Today, Embrace Tomorrow.
Is there a dream that you have put off? Is there a goal that you want to achieve? Do you have a gift that you want to share?
Meyer, Joyce. The Secret to True Happiness: Enjoy Today, Embrace Tomorrow. Faith Words, NY. ©2008
The Holy Bible New Revised Standard Version. Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI. ©1989.