As a part of my faith practice, I always take time to reflect during this season of areas that God would have me to develop, and clean up in my life. I thought to share my lessons in my blog as they unfold.
As I was preparing to leave for worship service one morning, I gathered my tote and handbag. Clearly, I heard the spirit of the Lord tell me to snap-close my wallet. I thought it odd, because for years, I have never used the snap lever, just simply folded the wallet. I was a bit taken, but thought it was perhaps a preventive measure of loss. As I placed the items in my truck, clearly and sternly, I heard the spirit of the Lord instruct me to zip my handbag. Again, I typically use the handles, but not the lock or zipper features of the handbag. After worship service, I usually leave my personal belongings in my seat. This particular day, the spirit spoke again and instructed me to gather my things.
I was so taken by the commands, I inquired of God immediately as to the meaning of the movements. Simply, the spirit spoke to me of how I have governed access in my life – not in one area, but overall. My personal items were unattended; I was too trusting, and accustomed to leaving my life and identity open for easy access under the guise of remaining approachable. I was ashamed and embarrassed as I considered the greatness that God had entrusted and the gift of life of which I have been so careless.
Obviously, the meaning of my life is beyond a tote and handbag; I had provided open access in many areas of my life and discounted the destiny that God had so graciously given. In this time of reflection, I realized that I needed to secure and protect not only my purpose, but also, the power endowed to accomplish the assignments of my life. Access at many points is a dangerous lifestyle. I was living on the edge. I was in bondage to the traffic exchange in my life; in essence, it was subtle people pleasing. Whosoever will let him come and pass through my life purpose. Some people used the access as a rest stop, some used it for a restroom to expel the waste and mess in their own lives, others a freeway for speed and others a bypass through a construction demo site. My lifestyle exemplified whosoever will let him have access. Recognizing and accepting is a difficult task, but a necessity to living free from the foolishness of others. The lesson: Stop lending your life.
I think it is important to gain an understanding of commitment. The word has a 2-part meaning, but this portion emphasizes the essence of development: an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action. Engagement represents an agreement and obligation represents conviction. Therefore, our commitment involves the dynamic duo of agreement and conviction to hold us steady in times of trial and testing. As well, commitment provides stability and direction. Restrictions are not necessarily a negative in life, but they may serve as accountability and value points. Restrictions can rescue you from self-destruction depending upon one’s maturity and understanding of your personal boundaries. Commitment originates from our heart of faithfulness in our journey of purpose, life’s calling or ministry stead. Sometimes the challenges of personal development are grueling and ever so painful. In order to achieve success, commitment in crisis is vital.
There are many considerations in commitment and some individuals do not accept or view its seriousness in the development journey. If you obtain a mortgage, loan, car note, or business funding, you are required to sign papers representing your promise to pay with interest. The contract is symbolic of your commitment. This is the same with our personal development. Commitment extends beyond what you experienced in the past, and present, but it represents your eternal signature to purpose.
The patriarch and matriarch of my ministry always imparted that life’s purpose is serious. A person not only makes a commitment; but you make a commitment to the commitment. It required many years of maturing for me to gain understanding of it all, but I trusted their impartation to know it was serious. You see, commitment to the commitment lends beyond human exchange and personal vows, but engages the greater and higher power. Making a commitment to our Creator activates our purpose. There is a bond that generates an eternal commitment that cannot be erased, deleted, exchanged, revised or delayed. Our human race has found many ways to make adjustments to suit our understanding and position our pleasures, but we are out of our league with eternity.