Now before you continue reading, this post is not about you committing yourself into an institution. That is unless you think you need too…
But do you recall what was the first thing on your mind when you awaken this morning? What about the first thing you did or said?
I have heard several successful people confess that their key to success was embedded in their daily routine. The goals they set for their careers, family or health were outlined in tasks that became habits.
Habits are actions that dictate our future.
They determine how good or bad situations; tangible and intangible will turn out. We know that if you habitually eat the wrong foods then your health will suffer and your goal to lose or maintain a certain weight will not be met.
This same concept is reflected in our philosophy of life.
Because today is a holiday, most of you relaxed longer in bed (if you got out of it at all). But the fact you are committed to a job, you will return to your routine tomorrow (or maybe not).
If so, you have committed your mind to do so.
We cannot change or achieve anything in our lives if we have not made the commitment in our minds. Our mind is the driving force to our success.
As I reflect how we had to say farewell to two amazing icons this weekend, the Queen of Soul and King of Patriotism, a resounding theme that I heard many people say as they remembered their lives was how committed they were to their gifts and callings. The result in the eyes of millions was a successful life that touched the world.
They made up in their minds that they were committed to achieving their purpose in life.
What are you committed to?
“Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.” -Colossians 4:2, NLT
Are you still thinking about the first thing you did this morning? How did it impact your day? How will it affect your tomorrow? If you are finding it difficult to recall what you did or even what you do each morning, perhaps there is something clogging up your mind.
Meditation is a great way to clear your mind from unhealthy and useless thoughts. Sometimes we can wake up with so much on our mind until we are confused about how to start our day. Confusion fuels ‘unproductivity’ and keeps us from focusing on the purpose or goals for our day.
Our minds need to be alert so that they can receive direction and instructions. Prayer is God talking to us and us talking to God during meditation. We don’t just want to hear from anyone or anything when we meditate. But we want to meditate on God’s Word day and night (ref. Joshua 1:8). This requires commitment.
The thing about commitment is that death is the only thing that keeps you from making one. It doesn’t matter what failures you had in your past. If you want to see real change in your life, start now by committing to it. You can do whatever you set your mind to.
But you must tell your mind what to do.
Ask God for direction. You can always talk to God, but you can’t always hear from God. Allow the chaos to be removed from your mind through daily meditation and prayer. Then you will start to hear what God has planned for your life and your day.
Are you ready to commit your mind?