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Commitments vs. Christ

Last week, I mentioned several key points that stood out to me from a Beth Moore bible study that I attend. I promised to come back and expound on those three points, so for the next three days, I will be taking a day to describe each one.

Point 1: Don’t be more committed to your commitments than to Christ!

As mothers, we often have many commitments. We are committed to our spouse, our children and extended family. We are committed to our job, whether it is inside or outside of the home. We wear the hats of being a chef, chauffeur, stylist, concierge, etc.

Even if you are not a mom, you may still have more commitments than time.

It’s great to be active in our churches and community. We should always do a good job at work because we are God’s representatives in the Earth. We should be good parents because we are taking care of God’s property and molding our future leaders.

But what do you do when you are so committed to things that your relationship with Christ suffers?

I’ll be honest. I’ve been trying to find that perfect balance between my life commitments and my spiritual commitments and it has been hard for me. It seems like my day keeps slipping away from me. I often find myself reading my bible and praying somewhere between midnight and 3AM when I finally get to bed.

Here is my action plan to keep myself from being more committed to my commitments than to Christ:

1. I’m going to write down everything that I’m committed to.

2. Go through my list and determine what is important, what can be put off for a while, and what I have to cut off.

3. Implement my plan.

When I put my son on a schedule, he became a happier toddler. I figure that if I do the same thing for myself, I can reduce stress and become a more organized mom.

How do you make sure that you aren’t more committed to your commitments than to Christ?

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  • Krystal April 29, 2009, 3:03 PM

    Sometimes I think you and I were separated at birth! The Lord has been dealing with me lately about this exact same thing!

    And here’s what He said to me: “Keep a balanced approach toward natural and spiritual things.”

    And for different individuals, that will mean different things because the Holy Spirit will deal with each of us individually, depending on where we are in our walk and in our natural circumstances (For example, He may prompt an empty-nester to spend hours in prayer a day, but He may prompt a homeschooling SAHM of 3 to spend only 30 minutes). So, in answer to your question, I rely on the Holy Spirit to keep me from overcommiting to other things. (That’s part of the reason why I stopped blogging for now.)

    I remember one night recently at about 7pm or so, the HS prompted me to pray. But I was doing other things, and I didn’t obey. Then, before I knew it, 11pm rolled around, and I was bone tired. So I laid down to go to sleep. And then I remembered that I had been prompted to pray and didn’t. And by the time I finally DID remember, I was half asleep. But I felt terrible, because at that point, I remembered that He had prompted me, and I didn’t listen. 🙁

    So, He’s my scheduling police! And I’m getting better. It’s a progression… you know. Because the ideal, as you talked about, is a BALANCE.

    (PS – Even though I’m not blogging right now, you’ll still see me here!)


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