Happy Sunday friends! I am so glad you found your way to the blog today because I really want to delve into this sweet word with you this Sunday. That one word that I long to penetrate you to your very core this week is "dedication". Let's first see what it means!
Dedication is defined as the quality of being committed to a task or purpose. You know, I am one who LOVES to talk about your purpose and to help you find ways to discover your very own purpose in this life.
Sometimes dedication takes determination!
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 NIV
Being dedicated to something is not just "doing enough", but rather giving it all you have and then some! This can go as deep as you'd like, or as soft and fluffy as you want to to go. If we are going to parent with purpose, we must be dedicated. If we are going to remain married and refuse to be in the statistic of divorce, we must find the true meaning in our lives of dedication.
I am going to make a bold statement. If you are not ready to read it ... go ahead and click off, because once you do read it you have to take responsibility.
If it's worth your time, it is worth your dedication! If it's worth your energy, it is worth your dedication. If it 's worth your strength, finances, and service it is worth your dedication. If it's not ~ stop wasting your time, strength, energy, and service. You are not fooling anyone but maybe yourself. Sure, you might can sorta fudge your way through but the truth is always visible. When people look at you they know what you are dedicated to. When they see how you spend your time, finances, strength, and what you serve they see your dedication. Not what you SAY your dedication is... but the actuality of it all.
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24
Dedication does't come without a lot of work, knowing what your priorities are, and a desire to be honest with yourself. I ask you to not go another day without knowing what your life is dedicated to. If your actions are not matching your words, you need to do the following.
1. Stop lying to yourself if you are. Either choose the words to match your actions OR let your actions be your words. Until you are real with yourself and doing what you say you are doing you will not be dedicated to anything worth while.
2. Do you know your priorities? Actions, how you spend your time, and what you focus on shows what your priorities are. Do they line up with what you want them to be? If you are spending a ton of time online, on your phone, or even on your rump watching tv... that says what your proprieties are. Do you have a melt down if your husband changes your plans? That says a lot too.
3. Even if you don't want to be dedicated to anything ~ you already are. Make sure it's worth it.