Commitment is important. I pray that you will all grow up to be responsible, committed people that can be counted on. I pray you will recognize the importance of keeping your word and of being trustworthy. As you get older, your commitments will increase. It is at that point you need to make sure what you are committing to is really worth it.
P, you have been involved this past year in a sport that requires a great deal of commitment. You excel at it and you enjoy it. It has been fun to watch you find "your thing" and see you accomplishing your goals. God created us to enjoy using our gifts and abilities for His glory and I am glad you have chosen something where you can shine for Him. Unfortunately, as is the nature of many sports schedules, the commitment requirement is constantly changing. Many times practices are called and held at times that conflict with our commitment to church. It has been tough to watch you miss out on things, but we know that Jesus wants us to make Him our first priority.
The lesson I hope you will take from this is that your priorities and commitments must be firmly set early in your life. The world will challenge them and try to make you second-guess your decisions. But I encourage you to make biblical choices and stick to them no matter who or what else is vying for your time and attention. You will be in the minority and will miss out on some things that seem "fun" and "good." But God's best for you is so much more than what the world's best is. Seek Him above all else and the rewards will be greater than you can imagine!
"Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act."- Psalm 37:5
I Love You,