by Lori Robinson

Categories: Children's Ministry

The week of January 28th – During the month of January, your family will focus on the virtue of commitment. Each week you will gather together and reflect on the nature of commitment and what you feel committed to. Find a time this week to gather as a family, say a prayer, read or listen to a prompt, respond as a family to what you have heard and then act on the suggestion for the week.


January Virtue                  Commitment: making a plan and putting it into practice

 What is a virtue?             A virtue is something that God does in us to change the world around us.

 GATHER                               together in prayer

 LISTEN                                  through scripture; readings; stories; music; videos

 RESPOND                            to what you have heard

 ACT                                          in service to what God is calling you to



Gather together as a family and pray this prayer:

A Prayer of Self-Dedication

(The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer, page 832)

Almighty and eternal God,

So draw our hearts to you,

So guide our minds,

So fill our imaginations,

So control our wills,

That we may be wholly yours,

Utterly dedicated to you;

And then use us,

We pray,

As you will,

And always to your glory

And the welfare of your people,

Through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.


Watch this YouTube video song by Bruno Mars called “Don’t Give Up”:


True commitment often requires patience and dedication and focus. And it isn’t always easy. People make commitments and then break them all the time – think about all the New Year’s resolutions made on January 1st and abandoned by January 31st!  So, how do you stick with a commitment? The Bruno Mars song you just listened to has some good suggestions:

  1. Try and keep on trying
  2. Don’t give up
  3. Keep on going
  4. When you fall (or fail), get up and try again
  5. Keep on moving

Family discussion: What do you do when a commitment is hard and you’re struggling with it? How do you stick to it and keep on going?  What do you do if you fail?


Support from others can make a commitment easier to follow through with. Talk about how the members of your family can help each other stick to their commitments.  Make a plan to encourage one another.  And then make a commitment to do it!


Food for Thought

As for me, I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause.  Job 5:8

Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver – let him rescue the one in whom he delights!  Psalm 22:8

Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.  Psalm 31:5

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.  Psalm 37:5

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.  Proverbs 16:3