Week 1 Soundness Week 2 Faithfulness Week 3 Abandon Week 4 Commit
Our word this week is one that seems simple on the surface but in its various applications it takes on a variety of meanings. For our purposes, we will look at its more simple forms and only touch on some of its deeper meanings. Soundness normally gives us the sense of wholeness and good health. It comes from a basic German word which means health. The sense is one of strength and durability.
The basic sense of this word is its inherent ability to indicate a good quality of being durable. Soundness is the condition of being free from defects or flaws and being physically or mentally sound. It is also an indicator of reliability to withstand pressure, force or stress. His character was based upon soundness because of his lucid reasoning and steadiness under pressure. Soundness and durability under pressure are very desirable traits in one’s favor.
The Boy Scouts have a motto: “Be Prepared.” It is a motto that makes sense. It gives the feeling of stability and security. That is the essence of soundness; that nature of being whole and solid. Soundness is like the rudder on a ship that gives direction and integrity to the character of one who is in overall good health. These are good indicators of soundness.
Soundness is among the most fundamental properties of mathematical logic. A soundness property provides the initial reason for counting a logical system as desirable.(Wikipedia) If soundness is valuable in mathematics, it must also be valuable for its impact in other areas. A person who is mathematically sound could also be said to be mentally sound. Soundness then is a very desirable character trait. Who can disagree with that?
How would you begin to build the world’s tallest building or a new nation that will last? To start a new organization it must have a solid base. Soundness is a contributing factor in anything with lasting value. So it is in a relationship. There must be a soundness built into that relationship that will help it weather the storms of life. Any relationship will have defects or flaws. If it is established with sound principles, it will have strength and integrity to last.
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“Steady Eddy” would be the type of person who exhibits all of the basic characteristics of this week’s word. Faithfulness is an expression that is pregnant with meaning. Virtuous, loyal, constant and resolute are words that give a strong sense of what this word means. Faithfulness should be the core value that each of us has. It exhibits solid action.
The definition of faithfulness implies steadfast adherence to a person or thing to which one is bound as by an oath or obligation. Typically it is exemplified as in a faithful husband or wife. It is also allegiance to or loyalty to a nation, cause or belief. Faithfulness is marked by or showing a strong sense of duty or responsibility to a belief system. Being accurate and reliable are also its characteristics.
For today’s thought, let me pose a question. What do you think is the best way to describe faithfulness? Good friends are loyal, constant and have a strong sense of duty or responsibility for their actions. Faithfulness carries with it a sense of devotion and fidelity. These things have value in one’s life and we need to devote time to develop them.
Faithfulness has a bearing or influence in your life. When you feel uncomfortable doing something or around someone, it is because of some aspect of faithfulness. Many times the impact of faithfulness is subconscious in nature. Our experience (s) will show us things that we may not be able to trust or have faith in. Ask yourself the question; why do I feel uncomfortable or ill at ease doing this or being with this person? That caution can save you pain.
Faithfulness or lack of it is what makes the world go round. Most of us have experienced a relationship that has lacked faithfulness. Lack of faithfulness is not a good experience; however, there is nothing better one can experience in which faithfulness is a key ingredient. It brings sureness and strong foundation to that relationship. Be picky. Look for faithfulness in your relationships.
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Ever had a bad hair day? Abandon it! Ever had a bad accident? Get over it! Ever make a bad choice? Learn from it! Ever wonder why life seems crappy? Look for the positive in it! Do you have a bad habit you want to abandon? Work on it! When you abandon something, try to take away a lesson so that the experience has some worth. Do not just abandon and walk away empty handed, the time involved is just wasted. Time is precious!
The word abandon carries within it the sense of hopelessness. It brings up words like desert, forsake, quit or cast aside. Abandon means to give up (something) fully or forever as in aban-don all hope. It also means to leave as in getting out of danger or something left out of necessity. It too can mean to yield (oneself) to a feeling, desire, or as in unrestrained freedom
This word, abandon, is one that contains within it both a positive and a negative sense. Positively one is yielded to a feeling or desire that is acted upon without restraint, in the sense of reckless abandon. One can also surrender to an impulse or sudden emotional act. Either of these, the act or impulse can be positive or negative. A negative sense is when a mother abandons her child or a father abandons his responsibility to the family. Be on guard that you do not abandon your faith or what you believe in. Doing so is a bad symptom.
The impact of “abandon” can come in many forms. Confusion can sometimes come when we abandon our dreams or when we give up on a course of action. When we abandon a plan that has been acted upon, it can have sometimes a serious impact. However, when we abandon a course of action that we see as being unproductive it can give us freedom to other things that are more productive. Focus on doing things that have a positive impact or result. That will encourage others as well as our self.
When do you abandon a relationship? That question probably haunts many of us. In a lot of cases, you will need to do a “pros and cons” list to flesh out what the relationship is producing. If the “cons” far outweigh the “pros” then it is a good bet that you need to abandon that relationship. If the result is heavy on the “pros” side then stick with it. Now comes the hard part. What do you do when there is no strong emphasis one way or another? Prayer could help.
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Our word this week carries with it a very heavy sense of responsibility. Commit is to act toward or to something. It will give a sense of direction of what someone is doing or where one is going. Within this word is the tendency to be or do both positive and negative action. Once you commit to something, you have made a decision good or bad.
Defining this word can be a little tedious. There are 7 ways to define commit. Each has a slightly different shade of meaning. It means deliver for safekeeping or consign. Also, it means to put in confinement as in prison. It means to put to some purpose or to do as in a crime. It is a promise, pledge or to engage in something. It also means one’s views on an issue. I am committed to do a word of the week.
How do you know when someone is about to “commit” something? You can look for signs or symptoms of what action they are about to take. If one is about to “commit suicide” they will talk about taking their own life, slashing their wrists or take an overdose of pills. Some times a person will talk about making a pledge or promise to do some activity as in join the Boy Scouts. Commit will involve taking an action with follow through as “I am going to work.”
What is the impact or affect when you commit to something? The basic term here, implies the delivery of a person or thing into the charge or keeping of another. If I commit to work for you, I entrust myself to your safekeeping. There is also a negative side to commit as in “He committed a crime.” Then there is the sense of “commit something to memory.” There is also a sense of purpose of what one is to commit. “I am committed to the daily struggle.”
Are relationships important to you? If your answer is yes, then at some point you made a commitment to that relationship. The degree of commitment to a relationship will depend upon its type. There are business relationships, personal relationships, activity based relationships and family relationships. Each type will require some degree of time, interest and value. If you are serious about your relationships, you will assign yours a priority.
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