The simple definition from Merriam-Webster:
Simple Definition of commitment
- : a promise to do or give something
- : a promise to be loyal to someone or something
- : the attitude of someone who works very hard to do or support something
Commitments are a promise. Not just when things are going good. But also when things get tough and hard. A commitment is something that keeps us engaged regardless of how the wind is blowing at the time.
We’ve all experienced what is called “fair weather friends.” Those who stand by us only when things are going well or comfortable.
In our world today, there are many fair weathered marriages as well. Look at the divorcé rate. As soon as things get tough, or once one partner is not satisfying the other partner, the relationship is over. Too many folks abandon relationships because they become difficult. It is at this point of the relationship when as they say, “the rubber meets the road.” When things get hot and difficult, is exactly when commitment steps in.
Issues are always going to come up in every relationship. If we can remember that everyone is in our life for us to learn some lesson, as long as the other person is not abusing you, it’s best to stay in that relationship and work through it. If you leave that relationship, the lesson will surely come up in the next one, or another issue, which needs to be worked through.
Each time we work through a difficult situation with our life partner, friend or whatever relationship it is, the bond of trust, faith and love goes to the next level.
Commitment will not always look like love either. Look at fire fighters, police and armed services. They put themselves in harms way all the time. It’s because they are committed. Not because Love, Peace and Flowers.
Commitment is something that runs so deep, it’s not always visible to the eye. Commitment is something that you give. A promise you make that holds up years after you gave it.
Commitment is the foundation you build every relationship on. No relationship will last if you are not committed. If you build it on sand, it will be a shaky foundation.
What type of foundation are your relationships built on?