The Challenge: Do one thing today to support a cause or issue you really care about.
Jason and I have been working with Compassion International sponsoring a little (not so little anymore) boy from Ethiopia for the past 9 years or so. I try to write to him a few times a year, but often feel guilty that I don’t more frequently. I’ve heard that you can email your sponsored child but have yet to take the time to set up an account on their website. So today I set up my account so that I can keep in touch more easily with Hal. I sent him a Happy Birthday message right away, since his 14th birthday is at the end of the month.
I also wanted to show support for Compassion in a way other than writing a check, which seems like the easy way out for this challenge. So I found their “contact us” form online and sent them a message encouraging them in their ministry. I would guess that it would be easy for people who work for charitable non-profitable organizations to loose sight of the differences they are making in others’ lives. So, I shared with them how much Compassion has affected my own life, as well as Haile’s. Compassion embodies one of my favorite verses from the Bible, “And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me” Matt. 18:5.
After dismissing any thoughts of writing a million dollar check to The Make-A-Wish Foundation, I thought about how often children draw pictures to show their support. I was inspired to use my artistic skills to lend support to a cause I have been supporting. A while back in my blog, I mentioned a small — but growing daily — group called Adam’s Ants who have banded together to support a town in Mississippi that was ravaged by hurrican Katrina.
A recent e-newsletter mentioned that they were looking for some sort of logo to use in their newsletters, flyers, and under construction web site. Now this was something I could do. It’s been in the back of my mind, but today’s challenge inspired me to make the time and just DO it. I’m hoping it will be well-received. To me, it served as a needed reminder that we all have special gifts that can be used to make a difference — even small ones.
So, who was most creative with today’s challenge? Who went beyond the comfort zone and put the biggest hammer on Adultitis? Who did a better job of capturing the spirit of childhood, Kim or Jason? Cast Your Vote!
Tomorrow’s Challenge: Audio Sneak Peek