Matthew 16:24, Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me. 25For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for Me will find it. 26What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27For the Son of Man is going to come in His Father’s glory with His angels, and then He will reward each person according to what they have done.

Proverbs 3:5, Trust in the Lord with all you heart, and lean not to your own understanding; 6in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.

My current sermon series is titled “Building A Great Life.” Sunday, I noted that one of the keys to building a great life is commitment. If you are going to have a great life you have to make commitments that count. The only commitments that ultimately count are ones you make that honor God, but how can we honor God with our commitments each day?

Our commitments are powerful! Nothing affects your life more than the commitments you make every day. If you make a commitment to eat right and go to the gym every day, you won’t be able to run a triathlon next week. You will, however, be in better shape in a month than you are today. Commitments have power. Our commitments have the power to shape our lives. We need to make our commitments carefully. Jesus asked an important question in Matthew 16:26. Jesus asked, “For what profit is it if someone gains the whole world, and loses their soul?”

Jesus said choose your commitments carefully. If you choose to spend 80 hours at the office each week and then the golf course on Saturday and Sunday, don’t be surprised if your family suffers. Why is that? Because our commitments have power to shape our lives, for good or for bad.

Think about that and have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D