One Powerful Word: Commitment

Part 1

I have chosen to focus on the word commitment for the years 2013. This word is especially meaningful to me. On May 18th, David and I will celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary! To have been married for that many years requires commitment … a determination to work alongside, to remain patient, to encourage, to be forgiving, to be supportive, to remain loyal in action and thought. It is a commitment not only to each other, but also to the Lord and His guidelines for marriage.

Isn’t this a word necessary in most of our life’s walk? Even young children learn to stay focused on a task.  Almost everything we do requires commitment. Let’s take a closer look at the meaning of the word as it is found in the thesaurus.

com-mit-ment,  /kəˈmitmənt/, noun

1. commitment

  • the trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose; example: “He is a man of energy and commitment”
  • a form of investment – the commitment of something other than money (time, energy, or effort) to a project with the expectation of some worthwhile result

2. commitment

  • the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action; allegiance, loyalty, dedication
  • consecration – a solemn commitment of your life or your time to some cherished purpose to a service or a goal
  • devotion – commitment to some purpose


“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” Zig Ziglar

“Your commitments can develop you or destroy you, but either way, they will define you.” Rick Warren

This word and I go way back! My parents were firm believers in staying true to a task in order to see it’s completion. I was reminded “Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might…” Ecclesiastes 9:10.

Join me later in Part 2, where I’ll talk about my history and my challenges with this powerful three syllable word!



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14 Responses to One Powerful Word: Commitment

  1. Sue says:

    Oh my Ruth, you are so right about commitment in not only in marriage but in our life choices as well. The older I get the more this makes sense to me.


    • Ruth Packard says:

      While I was writing this post and the other parts to follow, I tried to think of things that do not require commitment. It’s almost impossible to find!

      Thank you for coming to my site!


  2. Amy Putkonen says:

    What a great word to choose. Super cool. (Visiting from MB Blog Share.)


  3. Ruth,
    Love the word and as a business coach the word committment ranks right up there with persistence. When you combine the two actions you have the makings of a powerful formula for success.


  4. Congrats on 40 years! Am hitting 21 myself this year and so fully embrace the thoughts and words you expressed. I think so many of our younger generation participate in the divorce party because it was never taken off the table for them. Marriage takes work and growth and you got it commitment! Both my mother and mother in law think my husband and i have this glorious relationship without knowing the work that goes on to make it that way, rock on your 40 years sister!


    • Ruth Packard says:

      Thank you, Gretchen! You can imagine my dismay when I lost my wedding ring diamond a few months ago. Our insurance would not even cover it. Almost 40 years of wearing that precious symbol!

      My husband just found out that Zales will replace my diamond for free. Now I’m on a mission to find the 40 year old receipt!! It’s here…but where?! Ah, ha…I am committed to finding it. No pun intended!!


  5. Great post Ruth. Congratulations on your upcoming 40th wedding anniversary.


  6. Commitment is so important for any kind of success in life. Why do anything without it? When we are not committed, it is an indication we may not be spending our time on something we value. A test, of sorts, to ensure we are spending our time on things that really matter to us!


    • Ruth Packard says:

      So true! Even in my pre-K class I watch 4 and 5 year olds who need to learn commitment. Too often they will start something and only a few minutes later, the project will be tossed aside. I realize their little attention spans are not long but I firmly believe we can help them learn commitment.


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