The Risk of Days Off

Genesis 32:26

Commit Yourself to the Change

Yesterday I shared how I allowed two-plus years of great progress and discipline to be frittered away. After my top-of-the-stairs realization, I dropped more than sixty pounds. After a year of running regularly, I took on a half marathon, running Hospital Hill in 2014. Then, not finished yet, I ran the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon, 13.1 miles of fun and games, in less than two hours. That’s not a great time, but for a guy who had struggled with his weight since high school, who had been wheezing his way up the stairs less than two years before, it was a proud accomplishment.

Why, then, did I allow all of that good change to slip away. It didn’t happen all at once. I didn’t wake up a few weeks after crossing that finish line and say, “Hey, I think I’ll sit down and eat a large bag of Doritos as I binge-watch shows on Netflix.” I kept the fantasy that this was just a momentary hiccup. I’d get back to working out for a few weeks, but then I’d backslide again. I’d eat right for a while, but then I’d go back to my old ways, each time seeing my weight edge higher. My crisis seemed to have started lurking ahead of me once again.

There’s no reason you should care about my health and fitness. That’s my matter, but for many of us, commitment in our walk with Christ follows this same pattern. We’re doing great for a while, but then we start to relax our grip. We’re doing well most of the time and then part of the time and then occasionally.

God will effect the best changes in our lives when we stay tightly bound to Him. Sometimes He’ll keep hold of us regardless of our efforts, but most times, we have to latch on ourselves. That’s the price of change.

  • Have you ever experienced a failure of commitment in your relationship with Christ? How did it come about?
  • What are the effects that we experience when our commitment to Christ wanes?
  • Ask God to help you remain committed to whatever He has in mind for your life.
About the Author

Mark Browning

Connection Point Member
Mark Browning is an English professor at Johnson County Community College. Mark also writes curriculum for LifeWay Resources and Connection Point Church. Visit Mark's personal blog at tunemyheart.net.