When God first led me to become a teacher, everything was new and exciting!
I was 24 and stuck in my own plans of a lucrative (but somewhat dreadful) accounting career. But my heart longed to make a difference – to work with youth the way my dad did when I was growing up (he was a youth sports coach). On my way to work, I would listen to Ted Talks about how teachers were champions for children and my heart would swell with thoughts of advocating for them.
I felt the Lord slowly calling me away from accounting.
And then it happened! A chance to leave the plans I had built for myself and to do what God was calling me to do – become a teacher.
A friend approached me about a substitute teaching position that needed to be filled right away. I only had 2 weeks to decide. So I made my decision and followed God!
So you can imagine how I felt 2 weeks later standing in a classroom teaching high school kids. You would have thought I would be nervous, but I wasn’t. My heart had longed for this and it was what God was calling me to do.
Amidst all of the newness, there was so much purpose – so much excitement for the future.
That was 3 years ago!
I’m in my 3rd year of teaching. And I’ll tell you, the honeymoon phase is over (if you’re a teacher, you know what I mean!).
What was once new and exciting, now has to be kept with commitment.
We Don’t Do Commitment Well
If I’m honest, commitment is not something our society does well – even as believers we sometimes don’t do it well. We see our uncommitment all the time.
We switch jobs every time things aren’t working out or we dislike our new boss.
We church hop when we no longer like the pastor, worship, or community group.
Marriages have a 50/50 chance of ending in divorce.
We have more access to calendar apps, planners, and organization tools than ever before, but we’re always breaking our commitments.
Our innate desire is to want to give up on our commitments and find what is new and exciting again.
We, unfortunately, will give up on the people and things that God has called us to.
We struggle with commitment.
3 Things to Remember When You Struggle to Keep Your Commitment
So how can we stay committed when we struggle with commitment? For me, I’ve been working on remembering these 3 things about commitment:
Remember Commitment Is For Sanctification
Commitment is for the betterment of you – it’s to make you more Christ-like.
It’s easy to want to do what God has called you to do when it’s new and feelings of excitement surround you.
But after the feelings fade, commitment must step in – the commitment to do what God is calling you to do. The commitment to not give up when things get hard.
We miss out on the blessings of being more like Christ when we give up on our commitments.
I’ve learned more about grace, love, mercy, and forgiveness in the classroom than I ever have in my life. Everyday I get up and go to work is another lesson from God on the fruits of the Spirit and an exercise in learning to love and be there for the kids.
But had I given up at any point when things got hard, those lessons I would not have learned.
Remember Commitment Is For Others
Who better to do the things God has called you to do and to love the people God has called you to love than you?
Your commitment is needed.
It’s not just for the betterment of you, it’s for the betterment of those you serve.
Husbands and wives need each other to remain committed to their marriages.
Children need their parents to be committed to loving them and being involved in their lives.
Students need their teachers to be present and to be a role model to them – because sometimes we are the most consistent, positive person in their lives.
Whatever you do, your commitment is needed. Whether you stay-at-home with the kids, work for someone else, yourself, in ministry, at a school, a corporate office, or a restaurant, be committed to it.
We do ourselves, the people we serve, and even God a disservice, when we are not committed.
Remember the Commitment Christ Made to You
Where would we be if Christ had not committed to doing His Father’s will in dying on the cross?
Although our commitment will never compare to the commitment Christ made to us, remembering His commitment can help us keep ours.
Above all, our greatest commitment is to the Lord.
To Christ we owe everything. We commit our lives to Him out of gratitude for what He has done.
In Matthew 22:37-39 (NIV), Jesus says,
“…Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”
Remember our commitment is first and foremost to God who allowed His One and Only Son to die on the cross for our sins and then to the people He’s placed in our lives.
Ladies, what do you do when you are struggling to keep your commitments? Comment below.
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