Matthew 16:24, Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me. 25For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for Me will find it. 26What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27For the Son of Man is going to come in His Father’s glory with His angels, and then He will reward each person according to what they have done.

Psalms 5:3, My voice You shall hear in the morning; O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.

Acts 20:7, Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together…

My current sermon series is titled “Building A Great Life.” Sunday, I noted that one of the keys to building a great life is commitment. If you are going to have a great life you have to make commitments that count. The only commitments that ultimately count are ones you make that honor God, but how do you honor God with your commitments each day?

First, you should give God your initial thoughts each day. Psalms 5:3 says, “My voice You shall hear in the morning; O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.” The Psalmist is saying, when you wake up in the morning, the first conversation you need to have is with God. Ask God to direct your path, thoughts and words, and you will be well on your way to making the right commitments that day.

Secondly, give God the first day of every week. The Bible says in Acts 20:7, “…on the first day of the week…the disciples came together…” In other words, if you want to make good decisions every day and every week, start by giving God the first day of every week, and then give God the first thought of every day. You will be well on your way to making commitments that count.

Think about that and have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D