The 5th strongest contributing factor to spiritual luster is being committed. Commitment is the degree to which you are intentionally focused on a goal and remaining steadfast in your motivation toward its accomplishment. On the spiritual level, commitment means personal dedication to a goal larger than oneself. Commitment is associated with sacrifice, personal investment, and a sense of being other-directed rather than self-serving. In order to be committed, you must have purpose… and meaning flows from pursuing your God-given purpose.
The opposite of commitment is not detachment; it’s resignation! Resignation means giving-up, throwing in the towel, and moving away from something that clearly needs to be done and to which you are called. Yet, something stops you! Where does the courage, the stamina, the drive, and the determination to move forward come from? How do you capture commitment?
Your innate spiritual luster, that magnificent gift of God, cannot blossom without developing and exercising commitment. You can’t glow with the luminosity of spiritual luster, and consequentially find true happiness, without somehow conquering resignation, jumping over passivity, and confronting your discouragement. And where do these gifts come from? Only from God’s grace that activates our innate spiritual strengths… virtues.
Witnessing spiritual luster in another is a mystical experience… a profound love experience. My very being seems now awash in Love. I’m captured in Love, the epicenter of all power. My true-self increases as my ego-self decreases. Love escorts me over the bridge of pain and through the tunnel of suffering; it’s there where I find myself at the gates of true happiness.
I give no thought to what lies behind but push on to what is ahead. Phillippians 3:13
Father, if it is your will, take this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done. Luke 22:42
For I am certain that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor powers, neither height nor depth, nor any other creature, will be able to separate us from the love of God that comes to us in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
Wherever your treasure lies, there your heart will be. Luke 12:34
Let us then, make it our aim to work for peace and strengthen one another. Romans 14:19
Do you not know that while the runners in the stadium take part in the race, the award goes to only one person? In that case, run so as to win. 1 Cor. 9:24
I will be your follower wherever you go. Luke 9:57
I still live my human life, but it is a life of faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20