I love words. I mean I reeeeally love words. So, when our pastor encouraged us to choose a “word for the year” I jumped at the chance. How exciting! My very own word. My word for 2015 is generosity. It is one of my favorite words in the English language. I wondered if I should choose a word that was a little more of a struggle for me, like PATIENCE (eye roll, sigh). Nope. Generosity is my word. So began my journey of generosity.
Growing up in a home with extremely generous parents sowed the seed of my “life-long quest to help others”. I literally can not remember a time in my life when I wasn’t 100% sure that I was going to change the world. Fast forward to me as a 40 something year old mom. Based on my original vision of what it means to change the world, I have failed miserably (there are still hungry children in the world). However, based on what I’ve learned along the way, I (and you) have the opportunity to change the world every day. All.Day.Long.
If you’ve known me for 5 minutes, you know that I keep an ongoing “list of things to do”. An infinite list of things to do… However, I never want my THINGS to do to overshadow my PEOPLE to love. So, at the top of my calendar I write (yes, I use a paper calendar) “Who will I bless today”? In the beginning, I would seek out one person in need each day. After a while, it became somewhat of an obsession to bless as many people as possible. I promise you, if you focus on blessing not one person, but as many people as you can every single day, your life will be transformed in ways you can’t even imagine. Seriously, you can’t even imagine.
All of the actions taken to help, care for and bless others, I call “acts of love”. I resolve to commit as many “acts of love” as possible everyday. I hope you will join me! I can’t wait to hear about your journey of generosity!