A wonderful Christian couple adopted 14 children from various countries around the world. Although they experienced the usual problems of a large family—plus extra ones inherent in cultural diversity—they were united, happy, and thriving. The question everyone wanted to know was finally asked: “So, what is your secret? Is it love? Does love hold your family together?” I strained to hear the answer. Of course it would be love. But the sweet mother hesitated before saying, “Love is fragile. Loving feelings come and go. What holds us together as a family is commitment. I promised God that I would never give up on my children—I would keep trying, no matter how hard things got.” My own thoughts continued on. Emotions of love happen easily. We “fall” in love with a newborn baby, or we “fall” in love with an attractive beau. But what makes these feelings last is commitment to hang in there no matter how tough things get. It’s also the answer in marriage and all relationships. True also that commitment is what God asks me to do as the real test of my love for Him. It must be more than sweeping feelings of love or professed allegiance in a passing spiritual moment. It’s the commitment to follow Him and faithfully endure through the ups and downs of life. Instead of allowing difficulties to embitter or estrange, I pledge to pull closer to God. He will help me emerge stronger—better. His miracle is to turn trials into transforming agents of refinement. To demonstrate my love to God, I commit to be a finisher—not a quitter—and be a covenant-keeper to the end of my life.