How To Remain Loyal

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I am a Canadian by birth, who is proud to live with my family in the USA.

Today’s post is written for the link-up at Five Minute Friday.

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Loyal.

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:

  • God
  • my husband
  • my sons and other family members
  • friends
  • co-workers
  • 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.

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“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

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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.

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