Commitment – Hard Work – Belief

 So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, you should do it all for God’s glory. – 1 Corinthians 10:31

1-IMG_1226Mark Saturday down as the day my grandson, David, had his first trip to a real golf course! At six years old he not only behaved impeccably, but he tended the flag, raked the bunkers, helped drive the cart, and even got to putt a little.

So much fun.

My son-in-law, Craig, was striking the ball as well as he ever has. He has actually tamed his slice enough that we can call it a fade now. He even had enough confidence to try using a driver off the tee, something that has stymied him pretty much one hundred percent of the time over the past decade. “I understand how hard it is to make that club work,” I said. “But I believe that if you put your mind to it you can do it. It’s worth the effort.” And he did.

Fact is, even the most difficult challenges are potentially achievable so long as we have the following three things in play. Commitment. Hard work. Belief.


By commitment, I mean purposeful, honest, heartfelt, in this for the long haul intention. Hard work is the action phase of commitment, the putting your money where your mouth is part, the “this means enough to me I’m prepared to take some hard licks but not give up” aspect. Then belief is the extra element that locks the heart in on the target. Belief is the edge. Belief adds power.

Belief is the extra element that locks the heart in on the target.

Commitment. Hard work. Belief. You don’t only need all three, you need all three all the time. Most things that look effortless look that way as a result of commitment, hard work, and belief.

  • You want a relaxed-looking golf swing that puts the ball a long way down the fairway and in the short grass? Commitment hard work belief.
  • Want to preach a sermon that comes across as natural and powerful and authentic as chatting over coffee after dinner? (Rebekah is working on hers as I write) Commitment hard work belief.
  • 1-IMG_1227Want a marriage that looks and feels as fresh and beautiful and love-charged at 39-years as it did the very first day (probably more so)? Commitment hard work belief.

Sorry, I digressed from the golf. Golf with my grandson. A cool beautiful Saturday morning in Richmond. A few pars and one birdie (and some other stuff too!). A son-in-law coming to grips with his challenging driver. Hope. Promise.

Commitment. Hard work. Belief.


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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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