Staying Committed, Part 1 of 5 – Staying in the Boat

Have you ever noticed how much farther the actual distance is over water than what it looks like standing on shore? Many people have thought they could swim further than they can only to find themselves in trouble when they get in the middle of the lake. Either that or they over-estimated their swimming abilities. They begin to tire, start treading water and then eventually drown if help doesn’t come.

This happens with commitments too. All too often, we think we can handle more than we actually can. We take on more and more commitments only to eventually find ourselves overwhelmed and drowning.

If we think of staying in the boat as staying committed to living life according to the Word of God, we realize that we have to first make that choice to get into the boat. We must decide that we aren’t going to attempt to swim across the lake on our own and that we do need get into the boat that will help us safely reach the other shore.

All too often though, we start out in the boat certain we will stay determined and finish strong, but we suddenly find that water surrounds us. Maybe our boat is sinking from over-commitment, like we’ve taken buckets of water and filled our boats to the point of overload.

Maybe we grabbed a life vest somewhere along the line and are now just floating along while life happens around us. Perhaps we decided to dive into the water because we think the boat isn’t going fast enough, and we are swimming and working and suddenly find ourselves horribly tired, treading water but barely able to keep from drowning.

And sometimes, we decide that the boat we’re in – lives committed to God and to live life according to His Word – doesn’t seem to be taking us in the right direction, and we jump into the next boat that comes along. We turn our attentions to the things of this world that seem to satisfy and meet needs initially but that eventually prove to be shoddy rafts that soon become water-logged.

Finishing strong – meaning staying in the boat and enduring to the final destination of eternity with our Creator – begins and ends with focusing on the great expectations that God has for how we live lives committed to Him.

For the next four Fridays, five Fridays total including this one, we will look at what the Bible has to say about staying committed. We will look at those great expectations, and we will explore some of the biblical examples of lives fully committed to God. We will also look at lessons we can learn from the Bible about commitment as well as guidelines for godly commitment and benefits of total commitment to God.

So climb into the boat! Make a commitment to live your life according to God’s great expectations. Start rowing by exploring commitment in a way that will keep the waters of life from overwhelming you and instead will allow your life to overflow with God’s rich blessings as you journey with Him to the other shore.

DISCUSSION: How do you view a life fully committed to God and living according to His Word?

Read the entire Staying Committed Series:

Staying Committed, Part 2 of 5 – Great Expectations

Staying Committed, Part 3 of 5 – Biblical Lessons on Commitment

Staying Committed, Part 4 of 5 – Guidelines for Godly Commitment

Staying Committed, Part 5 of 5 – Benefits of Total Commitment

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14 Replies to “Staying Committed, Part 1 of 5 – Staying in the Boat”

  1. Funny…I have often found myself looking for the engine room on this boat – asking how I can get it to go faster! I am looking forward to the series.

    1. You know, I debated on whether or not to include a boat with an engine in my graphic. The boat analogy was actually assigned to me by the group I spoke to on this, and I struggled with it. Just seemed to fit to be in a row boat for me, but maybe yours DOES have an engine! Thanks!

  2. Finishing strong is an important concept to think of, because it really comes through taking one step at a time. At least that's the way my puny mind thinks about it – it's not a dash at the finish, but slow steady plodding right now and in the future.

    1. Consistent and persistent steps over time are the to finishing strong. I see so many people fainting toward the end, and I don't want that to be me. I don't want that to be anyone.

  3. I think I view a life fully committed to God as one who has studied and understood what that commitment means. Knowing what that means and fully embracing it as well. I think I also view it when a person gets hit left and right and gets beat down that they still hang on to God knowing that God has their back even when it does not seem like it. They know they have got to stay in the boat. They also realize they have to man the oars as they can not let the boat be tossed and turned or even let it drift away for they need to stay the course.

    1. It's a progressive knowledge. Just as with so many commitments, we learn more about it and grow in it and get better at it as time goes on. We can't know everything about a commitment before hand, even though we often try to. Faith obviously plays a bit part, especially in staying in the boat of a life committed to serving God & living according to His Word.

  4. A life lived for Christ is a life filled with love. Love comes to us from HE who is love and if we live in obedience to Him that love flows out to the world around us, often without us even realizing it. I would say a commitment to obedience is one of the most important factors.

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