Monday, September 30, 2013

31 Days: Reach Your World!

`Quick...make a list of everything in the world that needs fixing. Now write a solution next to each one of those things.

What? You gave up?

It's overwhelming, isn't it? We are bombarded, thanks to modern technology, with monumental issues that assault our world on a daily basis, minute by minute, even, if we are connected to any sort of social media.

So what's a regular person to do? We are all busy, whether we are raising kids, working in our careers, struggling to make ends meet...few of us have time to jump in and save the world. Instead, we close our eyes and do what we can to appease our guilt at not doing enough.

Sound familiar? Hang with me for the next 31 Days and let's see what we can do to make a difference. This isn't about trying to cram more in to our over-loaded lives, but figuring out how to make service and connection part of our regular, daily interactions using the resources, gifts, and talents we already have at our fingertips.

Over the next 31 Days, I'll share some of the books and songs that have inspired me, highlight some people I've come across that inspire me to live bigger, and spill some stories of times I have been stretched past my comfort zone.

Believe me, I don't have it all figured out. I struggle with feeling like I can't possibly make a difference. I struggle with the fact that I'm more willing to work hard to make a car payment than I am to provide clean drinking water in third world countries. I struggle with the fact that all of my problems are first world problems. But occasionally I remember that I have been born in this place, in this time, in these circumstances, for a higher purpose than my own. And it's to that end that I will journey.

A little about me...
  • I'm the Community Outreach Volunteer Coordinator for Women's Ministry at Fox River Christian Church in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
  • I published my first novel this summer called He Knows Your Name.
  • I am a follower of Jesus and try every day to bring glory to His name without annoying the people I do life with.
  • I've made almost every mistake there is to make and lived to tell.
  • My number one desire: to bring hope to those who need it.
Who's ready to take that next step, a step that will bring a world in need a little closer? Follow along for the next month and let's see what we can figure out together. Perfection and pretense not required. Just real people wanting to make a dent. On your marks, get set...let's do this thing!
"And the light shined in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. (John 1:5)"

I will add the link of each new blog post when it goes live right here, so at the end of 31 days, there will be 30 additional posts on how to reach your world. Stay tuned...

October 2: First Things First
October 3: Common Courtesy Revisited
October 4: Love Does: A Book Review
October 5: Be Nice, Anyway
October 6: My Own Little World
October 7: Won't You Be...My Neighbor?
October 8: It's All About...Who??
October 9: What's Your Budget?
October 10: Stepping Out
October 11: A Book Review and a Giveaway
October 12: An Esther Sort of Day
October 13: Sunday Songs: Believer
October 14: Honey, What's for Dinner?
October 15: Praying for a Warrior
October 16: The Adventure
October 17 (posted on the 18th): A Little Catching Up
October 18: Book Review: A Cup of Cold Water in His Name
October 19: Into The City
October 20: Sunday Songs: God of This City and Break Every Chain
October 21: Panda Wisdom
October 22: Missing Out on Dessert
October 23: Finding the Fire
October 24: Going Global
October 25: Global Justice and Stewardship
October 26: A Little Effort Beats None At All
October 27: Sunday Songs: Hands and Feet by Audio Adrenaline
October 28: Torch Bearer or Light Shiner?
October 29: How Much Is Too Much?
October 30: Ministry Isn't Just for Church Folks
October 31: 31 Days Wrapping It Up

1 comment:

  1. Yay!!! Great idea! I can't wait to read the other 30 posts Debbie!