Today’s post is written for the link-up at Five Minute Friday.
The word conjures up images of soldiers and flags to some. But we all have a responsibility to become or remain loyal.
The definition of loyal is “giving or showing firm and constant support or allegiance to a person or institution.”
Isn’t loyalty one of the character traits that we profess to desire?
To whom do I give or show “firm and constant support or allegiance”? How can I remain loyal?
Here are some of the people/institutions to which I wish to remain loyal:
- my husband
- my sons and other family members
- my church
- my country (and the country I live in)
- teams or groups to whom I am committed (and for some, teams they love or feel they are represented by)
Just to clarify, while I have made a lifetime commitment to God, my husband, and my family, others on the list may change according to the season in which I find myself. I still have a firm commitment to my church, for instance, but I cannot guarantee that I will be a member there for life.
I can try to be loyal in my own strength, but as much as I wish to, I am an imperfect human. So I need some help.
Why not ask the One who is the completely and perfectly loyal God for help?
My Heavenly Father not only acts loyal; he is loyal. He’s the only one who exemplifies godly qualities perfectly, because they are part of his unchanging character.
“Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”
-Mark 10:27, NLT
While I consider myself to be a loyal person, I also recognize that I cannot do anything perfectly in my own strength. Sometimes I do OK. Sometimes I falter. Other times I outright fail.
And so, I will ask my faithful God to help me to remain loyal to those to whom I owe my allegiance.