Breaking Bread For 12.1.21

Scripture

It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one’s vows. 

Proverbs 20:25

Reflection

We must watch what we are asking for from God. We must be mindful of the vows that we make to Him, others, and even ourselves. Vows aren’t to be broken. There’s a huge difference between saying “I will try” versus “I promise”. The first leaves room for error, the latter is a declaration that whatever is promised will be done—it’s a guarantee. Words have power. We must remember that and put great thought into the words we speak and write.

We must think clearly about what we want, who we want to spend our lives with, who we want to be, and where we want to go in life before we jump to make a vow to achieve this goal.

Our carelessness and casualness are the reasons for failed relationships and the high divorce rate; for broken families and neglected children; for fights, battles, and wars; for sexually transmitted infections destroying the lives of millions; and for so much senseless pain and frustration that we have brought upon ourselves. We fail to keep our commitments.

We fail to truly commit ourselves. We make promises we can’t keep because we did not embed it in our hearts to do so. We intend to do many things we call commitments, but a commitment is something you see through, while intent is hoped for but easily disregarded if deemed necessary. You can intend to wake at 6am everyday to work out, but if you don’t commit to doing it you will casually accept waking up at 7am (rationalizing that you now don’t have time to work out) and instead convince yourself you will try again tomorrow. When tomorrow comes and goes, you convince yourself that you will do it another day, and another day.

When you commit to doing something you see it through until the goal is achieved. When you intend to do something, it’s no “skin off your back” if you don’t get around to doing it on time or at all. But we forget one major component to all of this—God—what about Him? What about the things we promised Him? What about our wishes and prayers to Him about the things we said we wanted and needed, yet later categorized as an ‘intent’ rather than a commitment and vow? Do you think He just casually switches with you in your thinking, or do you think He still views your vow as a vow?

We want God to keep His word to us, yet we feel entitled to switch up whenever the wind blows a different direction.

We must honor our commitments to God, to others, and to ourselves. Let’s do it. Let’s review our list of commitments and make them stick through fruition or our last breath, whichever comes first. Happy Wednesday and happy first day of December my beloved brothers and sisters!!!

Prayer

Father, thank You for waking me today and for the added blessings that surround me. Thank You for the internal fuel that I need to focus and achieve my goals. Thank You for the strength to get up when I fall down, and for the courage to keep charging forward even when fear creeps up on my back.

Father, You know that I have dedicated my life to doing certain things and living a certain way, and I know that the vows I made are not to be changed in a whim, and are not to be reconsidered every time life gets rough, but are to be clung to and adhered to as my commitment to You.

So please forgive me during those moments when I falter, when I question You, when I try to reconsider taking the easy way or just giving up altogether on doing something or being someone I asked You to help me achieve during my walk. Every day I promise to recommit to my vows so that they are as much a part of me as my name, skin, and eye color. I thank You for this day and every day. In Your Name I praise and pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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