- Posted by Dale
- On July 4, 2014
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How often do you hear people say something like, “I can’t get that done (or be there, etc.), I’m over-committed.”
Really, can you really be over-committed?
I worked for an organization that used to have morning devotionals on a monthly theme. One month the theme was “Commitment” and we heard many people present their ideas. One co-worker broached the topic of “being over-committed” and it has stuck with me for years. (Thanks Holly!)
I’m sure I’ve morphed this over the years, but the basic concept is this: you can’t be over-committed to something and not get it done, be there, etc. When we don’t get something done, the proof of not achieving the goal demonstrates that we were not in fact, over-committed, but actually under-committed.
Here’s an example we can all relate to: marriage. If your spouse on your wedding day commits to “forsake all others”, you expect that they will be true to their commitment. Can they be over-committed to that proclamation? No, they just need to be committed to marital fidelity. If they cheat on you, is it because they were over-committed? No, they were under-committed!
We use the concept of being over-committed the same way we use the concept of multi-tasking. We think that we get more accomplished by doing more things at once, but research has shown that multi-tasking actually decreases productivity. When it comes to completing a task, in order to be committed to it’s successful completion on time, on budget, etc., we have to remove the other distractions that vie for our time, attention, etc.
If you are a Christian, you have surely heard or been taught that to be a good Christian, you need to attend church, belong to a home group or bible study, read your bible every day, have weekly date nights and family devotions, volunteer in the community, etc. Being committed to all those activities can be a distraction to simply knowing and enjoying Christ! None of those things are inherently wrong or bad, but trying to – and not doing them all perfectly – every week may leave you feeling like a “bad” Christian. You will feel like you’re over- committed and something or someone is going to be let down. Jesus never insisted that we do all these things in order to be a faithful Christian. He asks us to accept His completed work on the Cross as our only means by which we are saved – His work, not ours – and to love Him and others will all our heart, mind, soul and strength. If we do those two things, the rest will follow out of a heart of gratitude and love, not the need to succeed by adhering to rules and requirements.
If we say that we are committed to something or someone, we are inherently saying that we will remove all other distractions and competing influences that seek to prevent us from keeping our commitment. Not completing a project we’re committed to, not remaining faithful to a spouse, and not being at a child’s sports event as promised, are not a result of our being over-committed. They are the result of our being under-committed to the project, spouse, or child.
Verse: Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3 NIV
Lord, help me today to see where my actions do not align with my words. Help me to make my words truthful so that I and others will know that I am faithful to what I say.