Making a commitment to someone or something is more than “I fel like it.” It is a decision of time, energy, and money. Oxford Languages (online) defines commitment as “an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action.”
All too we forget that phrase, “that restricts freedom of action.” If I commit to a coaching appointment at 1:00 pm I restrict any other activities or offers that come along for that same time frame.
I am committed to that appointment. I have said “Yes” to my client and “No” to anything else.
I believe this is part of what Jesus tells us in Matthew 5: 37 when He says,
“But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’;”
In order to maintain your commitment to yes or no, I recommend that you do not rush into making any commitment. Get in the habit of saying, “Let me think about it. I’ll get back to you.” when you are asked to do anything.
Waiting, pondering, praying, and then decided enables your yes to stay yes and your no to stay no. It keeps you on a clearly dilineated path to your God-given identity and purpose.