One of the great pleasures of my life is going on my morning walk; getting my much-needed exercise is part of the reason but just as important to me is seeing the friends I’ve made over the years. We rarely see each other except for these early morning circles around the track but we genuinely listen and care for each other.

I guess one of the things that tie us together is that three out of four of us have marriage partners with illnesses or injuries. Rarely a day goes by when we don’t update each other on how they’re doing. It’s that commitment to each other that inspired this week’s article and enhances my admiration for them (and I must admit, for me).

Commitment isn’t, and never has been, a road to an easy life. Yes, there are distinct advantages and promises that go along with it, and personally, our marriage commitment to each other has been and continues to be the foundation of my life. 

But commitment refers to more than marriage so I checked out the dictionary definition and here’s what I found: the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause or activity. Similar words include devotion, allegiance, and faithfulness.

Another side of the meaning includes an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action.
While my life’s goal has been to live up to that first definition I, and my friends, are also walking the pathway of the second definition. While turning one’s back away from a commitment may seem the easiest way, nothing speaks more highly than honouring those we’ve promised to respect.

“Turn thy way unto the LORD and wait in him, and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light and thy uprightness as the noonday.” Psalm 37:5,6

—Linda Wegner, Author and Speaker
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