Committing to Resolutions without Fear

“When confronted with a challenge, the committed heart will search for a solution. The undecided heart searches for an escape” — Andy Andrews

“When the root is deep, there is no need to fear the wind” — Unknown

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will act” — Psalm 37:5

Growing up, I made commitments easily. No fear that I wouldn’t follow through, because I always believed I could. Why wouldn’t I do what I said? And what’s the hurt in not actually doing it?

As many of us do, as time went on I started recognizing that the human condition leaves us making many commitments that we later on neglect. Even for the most consequential commitments, when we say we have every intention of taking action and even when we pray about doing it, things happen. Life gets in the way and there’s always a new excuse. We stop asking God for help because we don’t believe we can keep going. Why bother Him?

I think it’s safe to say that we all want to be more than that. We all want to be more honest with others and ourselves, and a huge part of that is our ability to act when we say we will. However, that also brings up the problem of fear—we become scared of promises and make them less often as we’ve seen our track record. Why promise to show up when we doubt we will? Why promise to get healthy when it didn’t work the last several attempts? Why make a commitment to marry when divorce rates are so high? Why bother changing what we know is so common?

Because we can trust in Him and He will act. If we commit our entire selves to a promise and full-heartedly ask for God to walk with us step by step, there’s no reason to be timid. He’s telling us that all we have to do is commit our process/our steps to Him, through prayer and faith, and we get to see things actually happen.

Choose your commitments wisely. Commit ALL your actions to God. Don’t be so afraid of broken promises. He doesn’t break His.

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