There are three main ways to show your commitment to something or someone. You can show commitment by giving up your time, your abilities and gifts, and your money. That's how you show your commitment to God, your life goals, and your relationships. And one of the most important life commitments is to the family.
Love is such a powerful thing, and it shouldn't be something treated lightly. Love means commitment, and it is demonstrated through sacrifice. One sacrifice that we make for the ones we love is our time, something we often times feel like we have very little of. With only 24 hours in every day, there is only so much you can do. There are classes to prepare for, friends to hang out with, streaks to remember to keep up with, places to go, things to do, and sometimes, or more often than not, it feels like there isn't enough time in the day for everything. Sometimes it feels like, to give more of your time to one thing, then you have to give less time to something else. As if there isn't enough time in the day for everything that needs to be done.
But get this. The things that are most important, top priority, the things you really care about and love, the things that you are really committed to, those are the things that you give your time. And it doesn't matter what else is going on in life, because if you really care about someone or something, you show it through your time. And if you have to give up something else to make time, you make time. That's what commitment is. Learning to make time for what you care about is crucial to living your best life, and that's what this is all about. If you are feeling dissatisfied with your life, perhaps you're not giving appropriate time to the things that matter.
Using your talents in a positive way brings glory to God as well as helps you succeed in real ways. When you're really committed to something, you give it everything you've got, including the best of your abilities. You put your heart and soul into that relationship, that instrument, that computer, that project, that song, that painting, whatever. You use your talents to make that "whatever" as great as possible. Using your talents to the best of your ability feels good, and also it makes good things happen. Stay committed to what matters, and show off that commitment by putting your talents to their best use.
Lastly, when things really matter, you put your money towards it. When you're supporting things you care about, money starts to matter less, and you are willing to sacrifice some money for more important things. Like family. That's what this is all about. I'm hoping that our love for our families will be so strong, and that we will be so committed, that we will give our time without hesitation, our talents without fear, and our money without reserve in order to make sure our families thrive. Our success as individuals depends on the success of our families, so don't be afraid to commit to your families. They matter. You matter. So commit to your families. It's worth it.
You don't need me to tell you that life gets hard. Obviously that's the case. Family struggles, bills to pay, trying to get through school and work and practice and everything. And that stuff isn't easy. Some things are hard for a reason. But some hard times are there for you to press through them and be better because of it.
If you're struggling with a goal that you've been trying to achieve, or if there is something in your life that has been really hard for you to overcome, don't worry! Unfortunately, I don't have all of the answers, if so I would probably be rich by now and my life would be perfect. But we all struggle. The key is to work through the struggle and trust in God through the process.
For example, I've been trying to clean my room all summer. Sadly, it's been pushed back by work, college stuff, making music, and just life in general. Some things just don't get done on the list (and if that's the case all the time, maybe it's worth reconsidering priorities to make sure that the first things stay in first place) but, needless to say, there are still some things that need to be put in the right place. But since making the time to get it done isn't easy, and neither is sorting through middle school mementos, does that mean I should just give up and not get my room clean because it's hard? No.
Philippians 3:13-14 says "... I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us."
God through Christ Jesus is calling us to a heavenly prize. This prize is way better than a clean room or a fully checked-off checklist. And like Paul said, sometimes we need to focus on one thing: forget the past and look towards the future. There comes a time to get your head in the game and finish the race, whatever that means in your life. Because only then can we receive God's prize for us. So, life's hard. We know. But there's a prize waiting for those who can push and finish the race. So never give up.
Do you ever just feel dirty? Like, maybe you just touched something disgusting and your hands feel just not clean? Or maybe you saw something revolting and you felt that yucky feeling? Have you ever done something, and then afterwards felt bad about it? Like, that guilty feeling inside that says Man, that was wrong. I shouldn't have done that.. Have you ever felt just unclean? Tainted? Impure? Yeah, it's a lot of questions, but there's a very specific feeling that I'm talking about.
I sometimes feel dirty. In life, sometimes I feel this feeling of guilt, regret, and remorse like I just tainted myself. We all have ways of dirtying up our lives. What we let come out of our lives, like our words and actions, and what we let into them, like what we breathe in, look at, eat or drink, or even keep inside of our lives like negative thoughts, these are all ways we can really mess our lives up and leave us feeling disappointed, disgusted, and dirty.
I don't know about you, but I hate this feeling. JB makes a lot of mistakes, but the feeling never goes away. So what do we do? Should we just tune it out? Become numb? No, we need to make an effort to stay away from those things in our lives that leave us feeling that way. Because really, we make God sad when we dirty up the lives He gave us. But don't worry! I'm so glad I know a God of love, and with His loving heart, He can and will make us clean. Let's talk about it.
It's about time.
If I'm being totally honesty, I've been slacking as far as my writing. Not cool. But I'm back. It's the holiday season, college season is pretty much behind us, and it's time to get committed. I don't know about you all, but I've missed this. I'm really excited about this next series, so for those of you who still read, I'll try to keep it as interesting as possible 😉. Thanks again for being a part of this. To every reader and subscriber, thank you. You are why I do this.
When we don't end up doing what we need to do, half of the time it's because we don't have time for it all. Days are too short, and with school and work and practice and everything, it can be tough to find the time to do what we need to do, like blogging or studying for finals. The other reason it can be tough to handle everything we need to do is that we can sometimes feel unmotivated. A lack motivation can keep us from doing all that God calls us to do. It can get hard to maintain maximum motivation levels, but by keeping an eye on our best future, we can push ourselves to succeed and get it done. I hope you're feeling it, let's get started.
"Wow. It's the end of week 3 of journaling. If I blogged as much as I journalled, keeping up with it wouldn't be as much of a problem 😂 Hm. 🤔 Maybe I'll turn this into a blog post. Maybe a word-for-word entry. I like that.
Well, let's get into the recap. God has been so good to me this week. So far college aps (though they can be kinda stressful) are going well. I was just at UIC for an event yesterday, or an event where UIC people were there, but it was also U of I, whatever. Forget it.
Speaking of that event, I've been absent from school a lot this week, and keeping up with all of my classes has been tough. The Lord has been helping me get through.
Today I spent time with my church family (bowling, fun) and with my marching band family (laser tag, really fun). Times like these only remind me how important it is to get connected to people. People are so great, and connecting with them makes life exciting.
Wow. This whole kneeling thing has really been blowing up. I certainly didn't expect to end up in the Tribune again, but I guess that's how life works sometimes. Wait. Excuse me, that's how my God works sometimes. Here's a link.
I'm not proud of the fact that I've been slacking on these posts (well, I guess this one's a journal entry). Even though I should be keeping up with it, and I haven't been on this as much as I should, I'm greatful that God has given me an opportunity to reach as many people as I have been able to. It's crazy how many people read this every week. Since day 1, there's been 1,500 readers and nearly 4,500 page views. That;s incredible, to me. The Lord has really blessed me with an opportunity to positively impact people, and, as undeserving as I am, I'm greatful. Thank You, Lord.
And thank you! Whoever is reading, I thank you. So much. Without you taking time to read what JB has to say, without the positive text messages, without you all telling your friends all about JB Great Day, I could never do this. I am so greatful for you all. Thank you for your patience. I hope, with God's help and all of your support, to continue to bring a positive message to as many people as I can, as often as I can, and do it the best I can. Until next time, remember to smile. It's a great day 😉. (It took me about ten tries to come up with that last sentence 😂 The amount of scribble on this page is almost embarrassing.)"
-JB 10:49 pm, 9-30-2017