Dr. Beckwith’s Friday Inspiration For August 11th

Happy Friday, Team!


As we end another week, I hope you had a good one, and I pray that you experienced a lot of joy and laughter. As I considered my topic for this Friday, the word “Commitment” resonated. Then I started contemplating scriptures that address commitment. One such scripture is Proverbs 16:3, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Another is Psalm 37:5, “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” But what does all this mean when we hear “Commit to the Lord?” It means that we give Him all our goals, ambitions, plans, everything. Why? Because He is stronger than we are and, thus, better equipped to handle all the stuff that goes with pursuing success.


Let’s face it, even the most skilled and confident person sometimes needs help knowing what to do next in some situations. Fear can set in and almost immobilize us. Some of us feel helpless when we cannot control the outcome. But even if we are lost and don’t know what to do next in difficult situations, one thing we can learn to do is to give it over to God and commit to keep going, trusting Him to make a path for us to succeed.


Commitment is critical for success in our lives, work, home, and community. Commitment is vital as we pursue the mission of Lutheran Social Services Southern California to embrace, equip and empower individuals, families, and communities toward self-sufficiency. Our mission sets us apart as we strive to integrate trauma-informed care throughout every aspect of our work, committed to showing clients understanding and empathy. Every day we embark on our journey, let the words from Matthew 25:35 strengthen our commitment…” For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited me in.” Because, through our actions, we become the hands and feet of Jesus, spreading compassion and hope.


My prayer is within our organization and outside of it, we see commitment through a new lens; that commitment takes on an even deeper meaning. It is understanding that we need to depend on God, and yes, we must also work hard to do our part. Remember, together, we form a community that uplifts and supports one another, mirroring the principles of unity and selflessness just as Jesus would.


God bless you for being the hands and feet of Jesus. Have a blessed weekend! 

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  1. 1 – Attend at least one Fostering Community Care event during the calendar year
  2. 2 – Host or invite and bring 10-15 guests to one Fostering Community Care event within 3 months of your attending one yourself.
  3. 3 – Inform your invited guests of what the Fostering Community Care meeting will be about, and let them know that they will receive a follow up call from the organization
  4. 4 – Ambassadors will complete their commitment after bringing 10-15 persons within the 3 month time period. An Ambassador has the option to complete after one term, continue for another 3 month term or move into another role on the team.
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