Shawnee Trail Church of Christ

Love God, Love Others, Make Disciples


by Kliff Rodgers


“Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3 


A definition of commitment that I like is “the state of being bound emotionally or intellectually to a course of action” (American Heritage Dictionary, Fourth Edition). From this perspective, a commitment is a conscious choice to act in order to create a desired result. 

Many of us fall short of our commitments on a regular basis. It seems that when things get difficult, we find reasons why we can’t keep our promises and we shift our focus to other activities. Often our interest wanes when things get tough. It is important to understand that there is a difference between interest and commitment. 

When you are interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstances permit, but when you are committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results. When we commit to something, we do things we would not ordinarily do. The question of “if” goes away, and the only question we ask is “how.” 

Our commitments shape our lives. They support sound marriages, create lasting relationships, drive our results, and help build our character. As we consider the commitments we will make during the Capital Campaign, consider the hardship that will have to be overcome to achieve the results, identify the actions that will produce the results you’re after, and act on your commitments instead of your feelings. 

Expect your life to be changed! 


Thank You, Father, for the commitments You have made and kept for me. Through Your Spirit, give me wisdom and insight to anticipate hardships I may face. Remind me to trust in You to provide the wisdom, courage and determination I will need in order to honor the commitments I make. Give me the heart of Jesus.