** Note. I’m running out of steam. So, in order to take a breather I’m reposting my favoritey favorite posts from my first 31 days series. They also actually fit my theme for this year.**
Originally posted 19 Oct 2012:
At this point the purging, organizing and learning to live simply is consuming our focus. We’re making decisions daily on what to keep, donate or toss. It’s a little exhausting really, but worth it. Having less junk around makes things less messy. There’s less to clean, less to jump over because it’s in your way, etc. The kids are better able to focus and Momma is not quite as cranky. During this process I have been hyper focused on the purging. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but if I wait until this is over to think about others, I’ll never get there.
Thinking of others makes me finally face my previous question. What can I do to affect change? How can I be Jesus to someone in need? Is giving my leftovers and cast offs all that I’m called to do?
The family goal is to get to Dave Ramsey’s big #7. G.I.V.E. Being focused on the other steps is great, but we have lost sight of the reason we’re hyper focused on saving, living simply and being a little weird…
A recent post from (in)courage exactly explained what we felt:
“To me, “7″ gave me freedom in knowing that sometimes it’s ok to be weird. But it went even further than that… it also gave me a realignment of my focus. I realized that my minimalist lifestyle had become so habitual, that I had forgotten the meaning behind the action. I had forgotten that I wasn’t just living so that I could hoard my wealth. No, we had lived this way so that we could be in a position to give, and not just give with the leftovers, but fully give from the harvest. Yet somehow, I had lost focus and instead found myself questioning why I saved at all, wondering if the lonely path was even worth the heartache. My dear friend Katie summed it up so well when she said to me: “We [spend] and [spend] and [spend] our bountiful resources that God has lavished on us so that when a big need arises, we can help, but only in a small way. The giving doesn’t come remotely close to the gift God has given us.”” – Lindsey
I have been touched, rebuked, and inspired.
I personally cannot feed and clothe every person in need, but that’s why God has called all of us to help. Can you imagine if everyone gave even the tiniest portion of the harvest towards sharing our food with the hungry and providing shelter to the wanderer? (Isaiah 58:7- My paraphrasing) We would rock Heaven’s gates!! (Perhaps not backed in theology, just using my over active imagination…)
My family still sponsors International outreach organizations, but we also decided to get involved in a local way. Our congregation partners with a homeless shelter in the area. This ministry runs a food pantry, a soup kitchen and a shelter. They also prepare the unemployed to return to the work force by helping them prep for interviews and clothing them with business appropriate attire.
Keeping that in mind, we went to a local store and found some business appropriate shoes on (awesome) clearance. They were discounted so deeply that we were able to purchase several pairs in a variety of sizes and stay within our budget. I’m convinced it was divine intervention…
It is my sincere prayer that someone can wear those shoes to a successful job interview and eventually work.
As a family we have been broken, and convicted. We are re-committing to staying the course and becoming 100% debt free so that we can learn to bless others from the harvest.
Live Simply so that others can Simply Live.
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