My One Word: Commit
My one word for 2015 is commit. Frankly it’s word that scares me because I’m comfortable with where I’m at in life. A quote by Matt Perman in his recent book, “What Best Next”, however, has resonated deeply with me lately,
“Take action and commit. You shouldn’t be thirty years old and still trying to figure out what to do with your life. Don’t live in your parents’ basement playing video games all day while you ‘figure out your life’s aim.’ Get involved in the world of work, get a job that is challenging and calls on the best of you, and live your life. Don’t be aimless even while seeking to discover your chief aim in life. Do something. Not something to bide your time, but something meaningful, and your will discover your life goal on that course.”
This is exactly what I needed to hear as I recently turned 30 and I’m still trying to figure out what do to with my life. As a result, I’ve chosen the easy path that’s predictable and safe. Looking back at the past several years I’ve noticed a pattern in my life. I love starting or the idea of starting new things.
The problem is I have trouble maintaining and completing what’s been started. This stems from the fact that I’m often afraid of commitment because I place too much emphasis on keeping my options open.
As the new year begins my key passage of Scripture I’m aiming to live out daily is found in Psalm 37:4-5,
“Delight yourself in the Lord,
and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in Him, and He will act.”
The first verse of this passage is quite popular, but the second verse is rarely quoted alongside it. The two verses, however, are directly connected. We commit ourselves unto the Lord by delighting in Him daily through the act of obedience of His Word and love towards others. As a result, God will act by giving us the desires of our heart which is in alignment with His will.
This is my vision for 2015. To take delight in my relationship with Christ and be committed in His will in my life. It’s time to take action by committing by doing something meaningful—all for the glory of God.