We are a little more than half way through the month of January and many have already broken or missed the mark on their New Year’s resolutions. That’s why I stopped making them several years ago. Instead of overwhelming myself to make drastic life changes at one point of the year, I decided to live a more consistent and disciplined life. It is much easier to make small adjustments in our daily lives which amount to huge changes throughout the year.
Therefore, I have a Radical Challenge for us. Instead of consuming ourselves with diets and workouts (which are all good goals by the way and I’m doing some of that myself), let’s prioritize our focus on goals that have eternal value. Many of you read through David Platt’s book, Radical, during our chapter-by-chapter book discussion last quarter. In the last chapter of the book, Platt issued a one-year challenge. The challenge is simple and you do not have to read the book to do it.
The Radical Experiment is as follows:
1. Pray for the entire world;
2. Read through the entire Word;
3. Sacrifice your money for a specific purpose;
4. Spend your time in another context;
5. Commit your life to a multiplying community (pg 185).
I shared some practical ways to go about doing this in the chapter summary.
What I am doing:
Over the past couple years, I have committed to # 3 by sponsoring a child through Compassion International. Last year, we started sponsoring a family of missionaries in Spain. I am committing to # 5 by making disciples through the Women’s Mentoring Ministry at my church. Concerning new commitments 2012, I have decided to pray for the following countries: Spain (where our missionaries are), Indonesia (where our Compassion child is from), Ghana and Dominican Republic (where our Christmas shoe boxes were sent through Samaritans Purse in December). Perhaps I am most excited about my commitment to # 2. This will be my first time reading through the Bible in one year. So far, I have read through 6 books of the Old Testament.
This challenge presents an opportunity for us to commit to small changes together and encourage each other along the way. Don’t be overwhelmed by this; pick one thing to commit to and do what you can. Let’s cheer each other on to radical living!
I have another surprise…
One of my readers and fellow bloggers participated in the Radical book discussion and decided to commit to the challenge. Please welcome Sophie to the blog. She blogs regularly at His Abundant Grace which chronicles her thoughts, interests and experiences. Currently, her interests include God, books, Bible study, theology, people, friendships, cultures, missions, cooking and much more. Sophie is also a graduate student studying Public Health and Gerontology.
She had agreed to be our monthly Radical Columnist and she will be sharing her testimony concerning this challenge and encouraging you along the way on the last Tuesday of each month beginning on January 31, 2012.
Let’s take this journey together. Let’s make radical the new normal! Will you join us?
© Natasha S. Robinson 2012
9 thoughts on “A Radical Challenge”
Yea I dont think I ever started doing New Years Resolutions. Most of the time I have already started something before the new year has begun. the Radical challenge I can do. Crazy enough most of them I am already doing, in fact the only Im not doing is praying for the world. When you in transition and have been a missionary for a while, a lot of those things on the list just kinda come with your walk with God. Sex trafficking has been something I have been wanting to pray for so I think that will be my world prayer. Exciting!
Yes, Tyshan. Intercessory prayer is definitely needed in the area of sex trafficking. Have you read Carolyn’s “Half the Church” yet? I haven’t been able to, but wanted to get your thoughts on it. Blessings, Natasha
I havent. Its on my books to read this year list. Im almost off probation so I can start reading books at work. 😀
I just sent you an entire message and it didn’t go through 😦 I got the message on your blog and it’s good news! I’m lazy to write everything again 🙂
@Tyshan, let me know when you do. @sophie, no prob. look forward to hearing from you.
Can’t wait to get going!
I learned about your blog from Kindling. I have a blog that helps people use blogging for ministry. See: http://equipping4eministry.wordpress.com/category/eministry/blogging/
Thanks for reading and sharing the link. Much appreciated. Blessings, Natasha
Natasha, these lines really resonated with me: “That’s why I stopped making them several years ago. Instead of overwhelming myself to make drastic life changes at one point of the year, I decided to live a more consistent and disciplined life. It is much easier to make small adjustments in our daily lives which amount to huge changes throughout the year.” Well put, very well put.
I gave up resolutions long ago too, although I never did go in for them much even when I’d occasionally try one on for size. They just never fit right. Living under the guidance of the Spirit of Christ who lives in me is a whole lot easier anyway!