It seems the older I get the more the questions that I’m asked all seem to fall in the same category. Questions like: How have you maintained your faith? How have you stayed focused in the midst of so many trials? What is the main ingredient that has kept your relationship with the Lord intact? All good questions.
I’m sure they were hoping for some magical ingredient that could be easily assessed to assure longevity and victory over all obstacles, but alas, no such magical ingredient exists. It’s not a simple answer I give, but it is a basic response…commitment! I known that is not exciting, and hardly spiritual enough for some, but it is the truth. I made a commitment to the Lord and His plan for my life 50 years ago. That commitment has carried me through. Have there been doubts? Absolutely! Have I questioned God? Oh yes! Have there been dark days? No question! But I always found my path back to God through my commitment and a stubborn decision to press on.
Someone once said, “It is always too soon to give up.” That’s the truth! Hold on, hold steady, engage your stubborn resolve, and walk out that wild commitment you made whether it was yesterday or 50 plus years ago.
“…I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” II Timothy 1:12-14