You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment” Matthew 22:37 We like to declare the things that matter to us. When we get married, we declare our vows to our spouses in front of all of our friends and family. We often declare our desires and resolutions by writing them down at the end of the year. Declarations can direct our lives. When we declare something, we are ultimately saying these things are important. If something is important in our life, we commit ourselves to it and say it out loud, and then we follow through. Too often, though, our commitments lack that third and most important piece: the follow-through. Merely making a promise or saying we intend to do something isn’t a true commitment. Taking marriage vows, wearing our ring, and immediately breaking our vows doesn’t lead to a strong, lifelong relationship. Likewise, promising ourselves that we will exercise more, sign up for the gym membership, and not get out of bed to do it will not yield healthy results. We can declare something all day long, but true commitment is measured by action. Notice In Matthew 22:37, Jesus says to love God “with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Committing fully to God does not stop with our words. Although we can put a Jesus fish on our car and a “Thank You Jesus” sign in our front yard, even wear a nice expensive cross around our neck (all of these are beautiful symbols of our love for God), like any other relationship, we also have to be willing to put our words into action if we want it to thrive. REFLECT A friend of mine recently shared this quote from Albert Camus: “Life is the sum of all your choices.” Replace “choices” with “commitments,” and ask yourself if your life today reflects a true, action-based commitment to God. What does being committed to God look like for you? How can you incorporate a true commitment to God in your daily life?