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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Challenge to Challenge Me {and others}

We've been watching the show "Secret Millionaire." Have you seen it? If you haven't, you should. It's inspiring. It makes me dream of having millions of dollars that I could excitedly give away to deserving people serving others. But alas, I have not millions of dollars. I do, however, have my health and five young kids who are forced lucky enough to be dragged around with me everywhere I go. So it got me thinking--what could I do for others? Well, I could think of a lot of things. I thought, wouldn't it be cool if I could do 30 acts of service in 30 days? Yes, I know. It seems a bit crazy. But hey, that's my cup o' tea. Craziness is my middle name. 

Superman says I should give myself two months to complete such a task. Maybe he's right. I know life can get in the way of big dreams, but 30 acts of service in 30 days sounds a lot more catchy. I'll give myself some grace. We may have a day that we don't get out of the house because of sick kiddos or uncontrollable farm duties, but I'm aiming for 30 days. April 1-30th to be exact. So, here's the challenge:

Complete one act of service every day in April. It can be something as small as letting someone go in front of you in the grocery line to paying for the person behind you at Starbucks to serving in a homeless shelter to donating money to a worthy cause to visiting a convalescent home. You decide! I will be listing my ideas over the next few weeks, and I would love it if you add to mine. We can all help each other out. I highly recommend making your list ahead of time, and roughly calendaring each day, so you won't forget or get caught up in daily activities and let the day slip by. 

I have a special prize for each person/family that completes this challenge and provides me with a brief written account of their acts of service.  

Want to share this challenge on your blog? Please do! Feel free to copy my logo and/or link back to this post, but please let me know if you've posted it on your blog so I can keep up with you! Share it on Facebook, Twitter it, whatever. Let's spread some love for 30 days and change our world!  

Questions? Ask away!  


Amy V. said...

Oh boy, I'm excited about this one. I'm a little overwhelmed thinking about trying to do something EVERY DAY, but I think you're right, that if I give myself a little grace, I'll be ok. Thank you so much for this wonderful idea! I don't know how you come up with them!

Cherie said...

Wow, this is quite an undertaking! I'm going to have to think about it. I think we're going to be on board, but you're right, it's definitely going to be a challenge! How great for my kids to participate in, though. I'll let you know!

Shanti said...

Yay! I hope you both end up participating. I think it's going to be great. And I agree, Cherie. I think it would be incredible for kids!

Sarah Wieder said...

Looking forward to this challenge! I'm going to sit down and make a list of ideas. Can't wait to read yours!

The Hunt Family said...

I totally love it! My family and I will definitely be participating! And attempting to blog it!

Heather Campbell said...

I'm in Shanti!

Britts said...

love, Love, LOVE it...April is already a full schedule of service on our calendar, so I think I'll be in without even trying too much...but I probably won't have the chance to blog much about it. Looking forward to others' stories, though!

Pappy said...

Interesting. I have been thinking about this for a couple of days because of an act of kindness a complete stranger did for Kit and me on Monday. We were standing in front of a parking meter deciding how much money we needed to deposit. I said, "It only takes quarters" as a man walked by. He stopped and handed us two quarters before moving on. It made me start thinking about how many such opportunities I pass up because I'm in a hurry, or some other excuse. Now you post this! Guess I need to listen.

Anonymous said...

o.k. i just saw S's video w/ A and we couldn't stop laughing.....we knew S was a closet hip-hop artist! Hopefully one day we will be welcomed into his inner circle where he will feel right at home performing 4 us (heck...we might join in!) :)

p.s. i'm still thinking about this one....a big commitment..hmmm.

AmberLee said...

yea! i'm in. acts of kindness really are the best, they've turned many days around for me and it will be great to get serious about returning the favor! i love it.

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