One Essential for Effectiveness

We’ve started 2020 with the challenge to slow down and reflect. Take time to pray and plan. Don’t rush into this new year (see New Year blogs).

However, failure is inevitable if all we had were good intentions and plans.  There is one essential we must possess in order to be effective – it is commitment. Commitment can be defined as “passion and perseverance in the right direction.” It is being ‘all in’ with what God is calling you to do.

Frankly, it is easy to plan something. It is another thing to commit to it. Someone put it this way, “A five-year plan is practically useless, but a five-year commitment is exactly what is needed to make a difference.”


Here are three thoughts about the importance of commitment.

  1. Your commitments will determine your actions.

Your actions reflect your commitments. People can tell what truly matters by what we do, not by what we think or say. You will accomplish only as much as your commitments.

  1. Your commitments will carry you through setbacks.

Anyone can keep going when it’s easy. Commitment is about hanging in there in the face difficulties. Those who aren’t committed find excuses. Commitment finds a way to keep on keeping on.

  1. Your commitments will lead to creativity.

Once you commit, the solutions come. One mistake people make is that we think everything has to be perfect and figured out before we commit. The opposite is true. As we commit, creativity follows.


What thoughts about commitment would you add?

One of my favorite promises in the Bible is found in Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Here is a fact: it is too soon to give up. It is time to make a commitment.

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  1. Jim Williams says:

    When you have people committed to moving ahead or for possible change and you find the leader stalling or not committed makes those who are committed question their own commitment as to why put in the effort. I’ve been there both at church and in the work force which unfortunately tends to lead towards failure.

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