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Commitment - Is it for me? 
Message by Naomi Mohr 
February 2001

Have you ever wished you didn't have to make one more decision?  The greatest demand made upon us as human beings is the daily demand to make decisions!

It could be something as simple as where to have lunch,  or as complicated as changing jobs, or accepting a position of leadership in your church.  The problem is:

Once we make a decision we are committed!
Now we have the responsibility to follow through.

Sometimes we  refuse to make a decision because of the commitment involved.  What if I change my mind?  What if I fail? 

Many years ago I was challenged by a speaker to read my Bible five minutes every day.  I thought "No problem, that will be easy.  I can do that!"

It was as if the speaker knew what I was thinking.  He said, "I know you think that is not much, but it is important to make a vow and keep it.  You can make a commitment to read just five minutes a day and if you read more - that's fine!"  

I decided to make that modest commitment, and you know what?  The Holy Spirit is always faithful to remind me should I forget.  It was one of the best decisions I ever made.


What about you?  What about those New Year's 
resolutions you made only a month ago?  
Have you kept them, or have you easily 
forgotten they were even made?


Here is some help from Brian Dyson, CEO of Coca Cola.   This was part of a commencement address discussing the relationship of work to one's other commitments.


"Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air.  You name them  -  work, family, health, friends and faith and you're keeping all of these in the air.

You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball.  If you drop it, it will bounce back.  But the other four balls  -  family, health, friends and faith - are made of glass.  If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered.  They will never be the same."

You must understand that and strive for
 balance in your life.  How?

 

  • Don't set your goals by what other people deem important.  Only you know what is best for you.

  • Don't take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as if they were your life, for without them, life is meaningless.

  • Don't let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future.  By living your life one day at a time you live ALL the days of your life.

  • Don't give up when you still have something to give.  Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.

  • Don't be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect.  It is this fragile thread that binds us to each other.

  • Don't be afraid to encounter risks.  It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.

  • Don't shut love out of your life by saying it's impossible to find.  The quickest way to receive love is to give, the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly, and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.

  • Don't run through life so fast that you forget not only where you've been, but also where you are going.

  • Don't forget, a person's greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.

  • Don't be afraid to learn.  Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.

  • Don't use time or words carelessly.  Neither can be retrieved.                                                - Brian Dyson-


My right knee is sore and it's hard for me to kneel down when I pray.  Now I'm not saying that I don't pray - but I don't often kneel down.  So . . . . at the beginning of this year I made a commitment that I would take the time to kneel at least once a day during my prayer times.  It wasn't a big deal - but I did it!

Once again the Holy Spirit has been faithful to remind me as I climb into bed about that simple commitment I made.  I am so grateful that these small decisions are important to the Lord and He helps us follow through!

To be honest, I was prompted to make this commitment after my brother Jim made a casual comment to me one day.  He said something like this . . . .

"It is so important to me that I have a right relationship with God that I never get up in the morning without kneeling down to pray before I start my day, and I never get into bed at night without kneeling down by my bed to thank Him for his daily care for me."

What a great example!  How about you? What is your level of commitment to your family, your job, your church, your friends, your God?


Will you take a minute and pray with me right now?
(You don't have to kneel!)  :-)

Dear Lord Jesus,  

Thank you that you care about the individual concerns of my life.  About each decision I have to make. Every place I need to go, and every person I interact with.  I am so grateful that these decisions do not overwhelm You!  Help me not to fear making commitments.

Your Word says that the Holy Spirit will come along side us to encourage and assist us.  Right now I ask you to come and be my helper.  Help me to make right decisions that are pleasing to you and then help me to follow through on those commitments.

Lord Jesus, my daily choice is to follow you and make my life count for eternity. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer!  Amen!

Father, I agree with each one praying this prayer today.  Would you please surround them with your love, peace and joy.  Give them the wisdom to make right decisions, and let each one know the peace that only comes by knowing You!  
Thank you Lord,  Amen.

If you are not certain that you are a Christian please e-mail me at nomimohr@aol.com and I will be happy to pray with you and send you some more information.

At Mohr Ministries we have a vision! To touch women and men for Jesus Christ. Our desire is that you find and fulfill the exciting plan He has for your life. Developing your gifts and finding a place of service will be the most exciting discovery of your life.

Don't give up - God is not finished with you yet!

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Joyfully Serving Jesus! Naomi :-)

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