Updated: Aug 17, 2018

I had just been invited to a St. Patrick's day party. I had nothing that night, so I was super excited for it. Although I wasn't great friends with the host, we had talked sometimes and she was very nice. While we were waiting on the bleachers for school to start, my friends and I were talking about the party.

When the bell rang, our principal started talking on a microphone, asking the students to remain seated for a special announcement. She called up all of the volleyball players to the front of the gym and informed us that they had just qualified for state. My school is very small compared to others, so whenever a team makes it to state, it is a very big deal. The principal kept talking, explaining how they would play tournament games and where. If they lost, they would be out. If they won, they would move on and continue to play other qualifying teams. Forgetting about the party, we all were very excited and all decided to go.

That night as I was talking to my mom, she reminded me of the party. At first, I complained. I wanted to go to the volleyball game. Everyone was going to be there! The student section was even dressing up with a theme. My parents told me that I was not going. I had already committed to something and it was rude to not attend. They also pointed out that some of my friends were already leaving her party because of the game and I would be another one.

I went to the party and had a great time! All of my other friends decided to go to the game instead, but I realized that I had made the right choice. We had so much fun!

A couple days later, I was having my birthday party. My parents, my friends, and I were going to go to an escape room! I was super excited. Before the party, I got a text from one of my friends, saying that she was going to miss out on going to the escape room. Instead she was going to another volleyball game, since they had won the past games. I was frustrated, but then I felt guilty. I wanted to do the same thing to the girl throwing the party. I didn't take into account her feelings and realized that I had made the right choice. I knew that my friend was really close to some of the volleyball players, and I chose to have fun with my friends who skipped the game instead of being frustrated.

This whole experience reminded me about being committed in our faith. Choosing to go to the volleyball game after we have committed to a party can be the same as us choosing to only come to God when we are hurt. If we live this way, we will never develop a relationship with Him. God wants us to be committed to him and to others. Being committed to God also means that we are committed to living our lives like Him. Living like Christ and obeying him will always be the right choice.

And may your hearts be fully committed to the LORD our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.1 Kings 8:61

Remember: Live Simply, Laugh Often, Love Deeply

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