Recently after my new perspective post, I was pondering how to focus more on giving here on Keeping the Kingdom First. After all, those who put God’s Kingdom first in their lives should naturally be seeking ways to bless others as much as possible, right?
So this past Sunday, while listening to my pastor conclude a series on Matthew 16, he mentioned generosity as one of 6 key factors of being a Christian. My ears perked up and I immediately thought of my blog.
He went on to suggest a 30-day challenge:
Spend 30 days with a journal in your hand. Try it for the next 30 days and see if I’m not lying. Take a journal and just jot down everything you give. Every time you find yourself being generous, write it down. Every time you feel prompted by God to give something you never would, or why would I buy THAT many cookies… from the Girl Scouts. I don’t know why, God just gave you the prompting to do something special for somebody! Write it down.
And then write down on the other side every time something comes back to you. Every time the cycle gets completed. Do it for 30 days, and you’ll never be the same again. You’ll never look at giving the same way again.
Jesus invites you in on the “Kingdom Dynamic”. You don’t have to be afraid to give in the Kingdom! I would imagine the anxiety about money- trying to keep it- is a real anxiety. You’ll start to be just utterly amazed at the freedom that comes to you from money… when you start being generous.
My wheels started turning. 30 days… a challenge to give…with documentation.
Next month is November, which just so happens to have 30 days and also includes Thanksgiving. A light bulb went off in my mind. The 30-Day Giving Challenge was born, right there in church.
I am challenging myself, and whoever wants to jump on board, to grab a journal next month and GIVE in some fashion every day in November. This could be large or small, simple or extravagant.
If you have a blog, I welcome you to accept the challenge or simply help spread the word!
Here is how it will work:
- On Sunday, November 1st, I will post a Mr. Linky and invite all participants to RSVP.
- Post about the challenge on your blog, with a few ideas about how you plan to give each day.
- Update weekly with your results, as little or as much as you feel led to share.
- On November 30th, I will post a final update with a linky so we can all see the impact of one month of giving.
Are there prizes?
Nope. If my pastor is correct, the blessings that come back to you each day during this challenge will be better than any bloggy swag.
I would however, like to invite companies with family-friendly products to participate, but not for prizes. If you are a PR rep or own a business, and you would like to get involved, please email 30daygivingchallenge@gmail (dot) com for more details. All products received will be distributed to local charities and documented as part of the challenge.
So, whaddya say? Do you accept the challenge? I can’t wait to see what God has in store!