I wanted to talk about commitment this week because lately our position of commitment has been significantly challenged. But before engaging in a conversation about commitment, I wanted to define it, here are a few of its definitions: dedicated, unswerving, obligated, loyal, bound, (and here is my favorite) dyed-in-the-wool. When we look at these definitions we should be challenged to ask ourselves about our level of commitment. There are many things in our lives that we say we are committed to, and we took an oath before witnesses. And then there are those things that others just assumed we were committed to, just because they were committed. And there are those things that we thought it just made good sense that everyone involved was committed. Have you ever worked on a job, and you were committed to doing your best and giving your all, but had a co-worker that did not have that same level of commitment and dedication; but because you worked as a team, you needed them to do their part in order for you to reach your maximum potential. This type of situation can cause the one that is committed and dedicated, to ask themselves the question "Am I wasting my time, should I quit and move on?" There are many times in life that our level of commitment will be challenged. There are times when you may believe in something strongly — and according to the Bible your belief is correct, to which you do your best to live by — but opposition comes against what you believe. Perhaps a friend opposes and challenges your belief to the point of losing their friendship, or a circle of friends may oust you from the circle; due to a difference of opinion or lifestyle, or a family member may turn from you. When we are faced with an opposing force against what we stand for, will we still stay dyed-in-the-wool (dyed into, and deeply interwoven into our commitment) to the point that we refuse to allow our commitment to fade out or be washed away? I want to take a look at another word in our subject, still, its definitions are: unmoving, at rest, calm, and even if. I will use two of these definitions in my conclusion. They are, at rest, and even if. "I will be at rest in my commitment, even if I have to deal with the pain of rejection." I will be at rest in my commitment, even if I have to confront opposition." "I’m committed and won’t waver in choosing right over wrong, even if I have to stand alone."

"I’m committed to staying and working it out, if at all possible, even if it’s more painful than I ever imagined." Quitting, retreating or wavering is much easier than saying "I’ll be committed, even if."