Commitment Precedes Resources

In order to reach our goals, we all need resources. Whether financial, time, labor or other, resources are necessary for us to achieve anything in life. Before resources, however, must come commitment. Commitment to your mission. Commitment to your vision. Commitment to your goals. Commitment to your purpose in life.

When we are fully committed, God will move heaven and earth to provide us the resources that are necessary to ensure the completion of our purpose. We’ve all heard the saying, “when one door closes, another door opens.” Commitment is what unlocks the door to the supply closet of all the resources you will need to achieve greatness in life.

Far too many people give up too soon. A lack of commitment. This reminds me of a story from Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill…

“An uncle of R. U. Darby was caught by the “gold fever” in the goldrush days, and went west to DIG AND GROW RICH. He had never heard that more gold has been mined from the brains of men than has ever been taken from the earth. He staked a claim and went to work with pick and shovel. The going was hard, but his lust for gold was definite.

After weeks of labor, he was rewarded by the discovery of the shining ore. He needed machinery to bring the ore to the surface. Quietly, he covered up the mine, retraced his footsteps to his home in Williamsburg, Maryland, told his relatives and a few neighbors of the “strike.” They got together money for the needed machinery, had it shipped. The uncle and Darby went back to work the mine.

The first car of ore was mined, and shipped to a smelter. The returns proved they had one of the richest mines in Colorado! A few more cars of that ore would clear the debts. Then would come the big killing in profits.

Down went the drills! Up went the hopes of Darby and Uncle! Then something happened! The vein of gold ore disappeared! They had come to the end of the rainbow, and the pot of gold was no longer there! They drilled on, desperately trying to pick up the vein again-all to no avail.

Finally, they decided to QUIT. They sold the machinery to a junk man for a few hundred dollars, and took the train back home. Some “junk” men are dumb, but not this one! He called in a mining engineer to look at the mine and do a little calculating. The engineer advised that the project had failed, because the owners were not familiar with “fault lines.” His calculations showed that the vein would be found JUST THREE FEET FROM WHERE THE DARBYS HAD STOPPED DRILLING! That is exactly where it was found!

The “Junk” man took millions of dollars in ore from the mine, because he knew enough to seek expert counsel before giving up. Most of the money which went into the machinery was procured through the efforts of R. U. Darby, who was then a very young man. The money came from his relatives and neighbors, because of their faith in him. He paid back every dollar of it, although he was years in doing so.”

Darby had commitment initially and was rewarded for it. He was provided with the resources to achieve greatness. When times got tough, however, instead of renewing his commitment and perseverance, he quit. He gave up and someone else stepped in and took what would become the largest gold strike in history.

Have you ever done that? Have you ever gotten excited about something and then when things start getting tough give up or give out just to see someone else step in and “grab the prize?” Most of us have. This is one of the most interesting facts about commitment. It’s not a one-time thing. You have to commit. Then you have to recommit. Persevere.

Perseverance is rewarded with increasing resources, but it requires constant recommitment to your goals, dreams, plan and purpose. In the case of Darby, he found what he was looking for. He found success. He found wealth. He found fame. But then, when the time for recommitment came due to life throwing him a curveball, he gave up only to watch it snatched from his fingers.

Darby learned from this lesson. He went into the business of selling life insurance. Remembering that he lost a fortune, because he STOPPED three feet from gold, Darby said to himself, “I stopped three feet from gold, but I will never stop because men say `no’ when I ask them to buy insurance.”

Darby went on to become one of the most successful life insurance salesmen in history, earning in excess of $1,000,000 per year on average. What could you do with those kinds of resources?

Where in your life do you need to rekindle your commitment?

God had a purpose, and then He created you. He will continually try to redirect us to the purpose. He will open doors. He will provide resources. All he requires is full commitment.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11

When you think about giving up, just remember THREE FEET FROM GOLD.

“For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” – Habakkuk 2:3

“All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old” – Psalm 139:16

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9

Commit. Recommit. Recommit. Success.

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