1. the act of commiting
2. the state of being committed
3. the act of committing, pledging, or engaging oneself
4. a pledge or promise;obligation
5. engagement; involvement
Our ancestors viewed marriage as a vow before God, a vow to be taken very seriously. They knew the meaning of commitment. Today, we live in a culture steeped in immorality, pornography, alcohol and drug abuse and selfishness. All of these factors have contributed to broken marriages, and a key element that is missing is real commitment. Look at the words above that define commitment; a pledging; engaging oneself; a promise; involvement. Whoa. It makes me pause and ask myself… Am I practicing these things? Am I involving myself in my husbands life? Am I fulfilling those promises I made on my wedding day? Am I participating in his world? Am I aware of the importance of prioritizing these things?
I remember the night I became engaged, it was such a magical time. I remember being in awe that this amazing man put a symbol of commitment on my finger. I knew that it represented his commitment to me above all others, and that felt like such a beautiful compliment! I love my ring, it helps me to remember to treasure commitment, and to be on guard for things that threaten to steal it. When I look at it, it reminds me how important it is to check myself periodically, to be purposeful in nurturing my marriage relationship, and to remember how important real commitment is.