In Seeing through the Fog: Hope When Your World Falls Apart, Ed Dobson made a radical committment to live like Jesus for a year. I don't think I'm ready for that, but God did speak to me about some things I could do. One of which is to blog everday through July. I want to encourage you to think about a personal commitment of discipline. I'd love to hear what people come up with and how God works in your life through this. Here are a few things to consider when making a personal commitment.
1. Pray first. Ask the Holy Spirit for His help and guidence (Mt. 7:7).
2. Write it down. Put your committment on paper (or Evernote like I did) and sign your name. Make it visible.
3. Be specific. Use "smart" goals that are measurable and doable. Set a specific time frame.
4. Start small. Don't overwhelm yourself with unrealistic committments. Find something doable yet challenging. This has to be a sacrifice. It has to stretch you and change your thinking (Rom. 12:1-2).
5. Make yourself accountable. Tell a spouse, friend, or accountability person what your commitments are (or the entire internet like I'm doing now).
6. Journal. Take time to journal your thoughts and your experiences.