I am joining several other writers to reply to Josh Irby’s “Open Letter Challenge“. On his blog he asked us to answer his free download an open letter from the world with a letter of our own. I thought it would be fitting to start my 31 Days of Commitment with this letter.
It is scary writing this letter when I don’t know how you will respond. I know you say that I have a message that you need to hear. Sometimes it is awful hard to give you that message. I know some people will respond positively to what I have to say but then again they are not of this world.
If I could get one message across to you and change one person’s life in the process, I would do my best to give you a lesson on commitment. That is the biggest problem you seem to have. You are very selfish. It is hard to see what is best for everyone else if you are only concerned about yourself and what you want.
You want someone to love you. You don’t necessarily want to love them back. You are looking for someone to meet your needs. It’s too much work to meet there’s.
Life is not all about you. Life is about commitment. You have to think of other people and how your actions will affect them. This is a lesson that you cannot learn in a normal school. This is a lesson that you will only learn from the example of others that live commitment out.
Look at someone that are committed to their spouse and refuse to stray from their commitment and you will see a good example to follow. I know it is hard to find people that are committed. It is beginning to look like it is really getting scarce in our society.
“Where is commitment to be found?” you ask. I understand your concern and it is very valid.
Preachers and their families should be a good place to look to for modeling commitment in marriage. After all the Bible says they are to be examples.
“A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having [his] children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?);” – 1 Timothy 3:2-5 NKJV
Yet every time I see another preacher’s wife leave her husband for another man, or a preacher that runs off with another woman, I cringe. I realize that no one is perfect but preachers’ families live in glass houses. I know you are watching us to see if we fall.
We are suppose to be the ones that you can look up to as an example of how God would have us to live. But if preachers don’t have commitment figured out, who will teach you.
That is why I am here. This is why I am writing this letter. I will love my husband and model true commitment for you.
If you will read what I have to say I will teach you. Even when you get mad at me. I will keep giving the message God wants me to give.
Now take your fingers out of your ears. I know this is hard to hear. It’s hard to give up the things you enjoy in order to do what is right. That takes real commitment. But if you would look ahead at what the future could hold if you would only be committed to what you set out to do.
Life is so much better when you put out the effort to get along with your family. I realize everyone has different circumstances. I’m not saying you have to be a doormat to get along. You can be strong. It takes a lot of strength to be faithfully committed. Especially with the mess you are in the midst of right now.
This is a hard letter to write but I realize you needed me to write it anyway. How will you ever know what you need if no one ever tells you? I will keep on writing. You need to hear what I have to say.
“Where [is] the wise? Where [is] the scribe? Where [is] the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?” – 1 Corinthians 1:20 NKJV
What would you like to tell the world? Will you strive to be committed? As always feel free to share in the comments.
Tomorrow I will be continuing to write on building commitment for the next 31 Days. Don’t worry I won’t be writing every post as a letter. 🙂
If you haven’t gotten your free copy of my book yet, you can download it here. My posts this month will be expounding on what I have written in my book.
Thanks for listening!
~♥~ Anastacia ~♥~Like
Thank you, Laura!
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It’s an important message. I know many in ministry who have left their commitments, and it is heartbreaking.
Yes, Janelle, it is heartbreaking. My husband and I ache every time we hear of another failed marriage. It’s got to stop somewhere.
Hi Anastacia! I’m only just now reading this letter, and I have to leave a comment to say thank you! You are absolutely right — we need your voice! We need you to speak about this. Because it is so easy to forget the amazing that waits if we’ll actually mean to be committed. I love your letter, friend. Thanks for writing it. 🙂
Thank you, Brianna! I am so glad I took the Tribe Writers course. I feel that I am finally finding my voice and the message I am supposed to share. Thank you for the encouragement!
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