I recently had the honor of attending a baptism and listening to a sermon about dedication. While the context of the sermon focused primarily on dedication to church and community, I found myself pondering the idea, concept and meaning of the word ‘dedication’. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, one of the meanings of dedication is … “a feeling of very strong support for or loyalty to someone or something : the quality or state of being dedicated to a person, group, cause, etc.” Looking further into other words similar to this one, I found words like … adherence, allegiance, commitment, devotion, devoted, single-minded.
I am a true believer in having values and virtues that guide us through our life and times. As well, I believe we all have a calling and purpose in our life that often draws us towards that which helps us feel fulfilled, complete or satisfied with our lives. However, don’t we first need to put in place a foundation of Self? Isn’t our first undertaking to learn, honor and nurture Self?
I always think about the message given to each passenger as you prepare to take-off into the wild, blue yonder. ‘In the event the oxygen masks drop from the ceiling, first place the mask on yourself before you turn to assist a child next to you.’
The idea of dedication … that very strong support for or loyalty to someone … should be applied to you first. Not in a selfish way, but in a way of taking care and nurturing oneself so you can dedicate more of your time, thought and energy into fulfilling, completing and satisfying your own innate purpose and calling.