Concrete Commitment

Brandon - Blacklick, Ohio
Entered on April 29, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30

Concrete Inspiration

The driving factor and most influential aspect of my life is one thing that can never be denied, altered, or replaced. It is the one thing the Lord gave me to exploit while becoming a whole individual. The one thing that the heart, mind, body, and soul should never let go. The one thing that I may always call mine. This connection of divine honor, respect, and commitment has founded my belief that my family should be the most important principal in my life.

The commitment, honor, and respect that I hold for my family is undeniable for many reasons. I am not only committed to my family because of their close relationship to me, but also for the reason that they have set the standards and morals of my well being as I have evolved into the person I am today. My mother, a very religious woman, has always looked upon me with the highest regards and blessed me with an upbringing surrounded with the Lords love. My older brother and two younger siblings, soon to fallow my mother’s second wedding, have aided in developing the unity my family holds. They all have nourished my growth with an abundance of love, understanding, and patience even when I had none to offer. The fact that they have and will always be there for me is an undeniable lock that holds the bond of our lives together. The reverse effect of their commitment to my life has been giving them the utmost respect, dignity and honor in return.

Though I have made my family out to be committed, honorable, understanding, and much more, there have also been times when my commitment or respect has dipped below the extravagant level that I have represented. In further explanation, as I have evolved from the little guy I was, I often times wanted to do as I pleased, as most of us do. When told not to go about what I was doing whether it was getting a cookie before dinner or putting soap on my brother’s toothbrush, I had a reoccurring thought process that led in my decision making. As these occurrences played out I was often discouraged and for a couple seconds waivered my commitment and love for my family to give myself a few seconds of satisfaction. These occurrences no matter how abundant always resulted in the same attitude of, “I’m sorry” and then my love was drawn right back to my loving family as the belt glanced off my rear-end.

Overall, these beliefs that I have been honing for 19 years have also been shared by each member of my family. They, just as I, had altered feelings now and again however there is always the shear principals in which we fell back into. Therefore my immediate commitment is that of upholding my family’s duties and understandings as I progress in life. Additionally in a broader perspective, my inspiration is derived from honoring the Lord and his hand in raising my family for as long as I live.