A commitment isn’t a commitment unless it’s challenged. Think about it. Boxers want to fight the champion. No one challenges the fighter who has been defeated. Likewise, every good and noble goal is challenged.
When you’re in school the challenge is to quit because the work is too hard, it takes too much time. You constantly think about the money you could make if you were working or if you weren’t studying all the time.
When you’re on the job the challenge is to quit because you’re not satisfied with your duties, you don’t get enough vacation days/time off or you don’t make enough money. You constantly think about everything you could do if you weren’t working all the time or if you worked somewhere else.
When you’re married the challenge is to quit because the becoming one is too hard—it takes too much work and time to build a life with someone who is so different (different goals, values, personality, background or all of the above). You constantly think about everything you could do if you weren’t married or if you were married to another person.
When you’re in ministry the challenge is to quit because it’s too much work—it takes too much time to help all the people. Nobody appreciates you anyway. You don’t get paid for your time. You constantly think about everything you could buy if you just had a job.
Don’t let negative thought patterns knock you out of the will of God for your life. Instead, let your commitment rise to the challenge and defeat discontentment.
Focus on the reason you committed in the first place. Take a trip down memory lane…
- You wanted to go back to school to prepare for your purpose and open up doors of opportunity. (Remember all the applications you filled out, the tests you took, and the money you scraped together to pay for it.)
- You wanted that job to provide for you and your family. (Remember how nervous you were when you went on the interview—you really wanted that job!)
- You prayed and asked God to give you a spouse. (Think of all those dates you went on before you met one person you really liked.)
- You wanted to start that ministry. (Remember how you used to daydream about leaving your job and starting it.)
So what’s the source of all this negative thinking when you already have what you wanted? The source of discontentment is believing something else is better. It’s not.
Whatever is nurtured flourishes. Whatever is neglected dies. Decide that whatever you have committed to is worth fighting for. Know this. If you stop now, all the time you’ve put in will be wasted.
The best course of action is to stay committed. How? Change the way you think…
- In your Christian faith meditate on Hebrews 12:2-3: “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” (KJV)
- In ministry meditate on Galatians 6:9-10: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” (KJV)
- In marriage meditate on Matthew 19:5-7: “And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” (KJV)
- In career/school meditate on Ephesians 6-7: “Don’t just do what you have to do to get by, but work heartily, as Christ’s servants doing what God wants you to do. And work with a smile on your face, always keeping in mind that no matter who happens to be giving the orders, you’re really serving God.” (The Message)