Last week as I wrote about momentum, I could hear my late Husband quoting one of his favorite motivational speakers, Charley Tremendous Jones.  Eric loved this man because he was authentic about his commitments in life.  What is commitment? Commitment is:
  1. the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.:

    “the company’s commitment to quality”

  2. (commitments)
    an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action:

    “business commitments” ·

We can not keep our momentum without being committed.  After his passing, Mr. Jones’ daughter, Tracey has continued in Charley’s footsteps and has written some great, inspirational books herself!  I had the pleasure of meeting her in April at the Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance fund raising event. Tracey explains the concept of commitment so well on her own website that I have copied a portion of her words of wisdom on today’s blog.  My theory is if someone has written something beautifully, there is no sense in re-inventing the wheel (not to mention that it’s also Christmas Eve).  Below is what Tracey shares about being committed:

I’ve heard my father give this speech hundreds of times. In fact, it was a major section of his bestselling motivational classic, Life Is Tremendous.  The Three Decisions: Who are you going to live your life with, what are you going to live your life doing, and who you are going to live your life for. I know my father worked very hard and came from humble beginnings, but I always kind of assumed that he was one of the very few who just got it right the first time. After all, he married my mother at 20 years of age and they stayed married for the next 60 years. He was a world-renowned motivational speaker who had a certain charisma that was unrivaled. His faith in the almighty God after he became a Christian at 23 was as pure and radical a transformation as Paul’s on the road to Damascus.

So easy for him to make these decisions, right? Wrong! When you read The Three Decisions you will see a man who made a decision and then spent his life committing himself to it. There was nothing easy about it. Committed people only look that way to outsiders. This is such a rarity these days we just assume great fortune or that the stars were aligned when someone leads a charmed life. There are no charmed lives. There are only those who live life giving their all to what they’ve committed to with their decisions.

My father said the secret to a lifelong marriage isn’t compatibility, its commitment, and that you cannot make this decision based on how it goes, but solely on integrity; that God does not put romance in marriage, but in people, and it’s up to us to ensure it stays there. My father also said that God never made a job to make a man; He made men to make a job. And if you wanted a better job, you needed to do a better job. And when my father finally made his personal commitment to accept the Bible as absolute truth, he pursued it with all his heart. He would say, “With all my heart I’m telling you this: you ought to know what you believe and why you believe what you believe, and you ought to be willing to believe it so you can get to the heart of what believing is really all about.”

His lifelong mantra was that if what you’re going to get supersedes what you’re going to give, you’re in the wrong ballpark. In other words, if you are always on the make for a better person, job, or god based on what it’s going to do for you, you aren’t even alive. But when you are so ready to commit to one person, one passion, and one master that you’d give it all up, then you are capable of making the three most important decisions of your life and to live life tremendously and triumphantly.

 Wow!  I am praying that each person who reads this blog will glean at least one concept from the Jones family.  As we focus our thoughts on Jesus’ birth and review 2015, let us each re-prioritize our commitments so we can maintain good momentum as we step into 2016.
Be Blessed

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