The test of longevity is commitment!
How many people do you know that have stayed at their job for years and hated almost every moment? Or perhaps have stayed and worked on a relationship although excruciatingly difficult?
My wife and I have been married for nearly 30 years, that’s just a bit of time spent together 😉 . We have traversed and waded through some turbulent waters together. We have experienced times when things were very bad and outright ugly, but we have also lived good seasons, experienced laughter and joy and have had great times together.
When we are asked how we’ve made it this far despite the challenges and difficulties we’ve gone through, we say what has kept us anchored and committed to each other was not money, material things, physical attraction or my goofy humor. All those things can be great, but what has kept us together for 30 years is intentional commitment to one another, rooted in the foundational principles that God is our Father, He cares for us, we owe it all to Him and we need to learn to love each other sacrificially and unconditionally. as the Father loves us.
“Things” or good looks and the like will not help any couple outlive tough or confusing times, sickness, depression, stress and the like. Having a wallet full of cash will not make us feel better when the relationship with our spouses is shaky and we cannot see a way out.
- Commitment will sustain our relationships with spouses or friends, our stability on the job and our lives in general.
- Commitment will keep us anchored when the storms of life hit us hard and there seems to be no way out.
- Commitment to God gave Joseph a vision of his future and courage to keep going even when he was sold as a slave and thrown into prison for being falsely accused.
- Commitment to God gave Abraham the faith to keep going in searching for the beautiful promised land, even when he had but a desert in front of him.
- Commitment to God gave the apostles in the New Testament the fortitude to endure persecution, beatings, shipwreck and the like to keep going for the sake of their Savior Jesus, who gave His life on a cross for them.
God is all about commitment.
He is committed to loving us just as we are. His love won’t change based on our performance and will not wane because of our flaws and imperfections. God doesn’t change His mind about us from one day to the next. His love is constant, unwavering and unfazed by our failures, our sin and faults.
That is commitment and longevity wrapped into the expression of unconditional love and acceptance toward humanity.
Hebrews 13:5 puts it in a nutshell: “Don’t be obsessed with getting more materials things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, ‘I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you.’” That is commitment to love and longevity, no matter what.
He will never leave nor abandon us and His example of committed love to us, should be our prime example of commitment and longevity in all our relationships. By the way, now my wife and I are working on the next 3o years together.
How is your level of commitment to God and to those around you? Are you running to cross the finish line or have you given up because of exhaustion? Paul reminds us in Galatians 6:9 “We must not get tired of doing good. We will receive our harvest of eternal life at the right time. We must not give up.”
If you haven’t anchored your commitment to God, start today and don’t let go until you hear “well done my good and faithful servant.”
Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.