This rare but valuable quality of commitment really emerges as an attitude as much as an action.
I am reminded of the resilient salmon who make the arduous journey upstream, facing the unfriendly predators, such as bears and fighting the rushing currents. Their journey back to their home, the freshwater streams, is deemed worth it for the sake of future generations. However, for most salmon it costs them their lives, as they never return to the ocean from where they have spent their adult life.
Going back home for the salmon is unquestionably embedded into their DNA by the Creator Himself. And getting back to the place where it all began for the salmon is worth…whatever it takes - and it usually costs them everything.
I am more convinced today than ever before that commitment is the one crucial ingredient to a thriving marriage. Listen, everything noble was birthed out of an unwavering loyalty or commitment. Marriage is no exception. In plain ole English, it is the ability to stick with it regardless of the outcome. This ‘stickability’ is such a rarity today and that is what makes it so treasured and priceless.
Today you see people who seemingly have everything that money can buy yet lack the one thing that can keep their marriage together. They talk of solving the world’s problems yet just can’t seem to find it in themselves to fix their own home. Badly skewed priorities and values set themselves, family, and the world up for devastation. How sad.
So, what does it take for a home to thrive…? The same thing it takes for a salmon to fight upstream to get back home - Whatever it takes attitude!
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”