While I was at Relevant last weekend, I was approached by a few of my blogging friends about an awesome opportunity in the month of November.....
It immediately peaked my interest as a way to consciously and consistently give of my time, energy, and resources. According to the 30 Day Giving Challenge website , the challenge is to follow Acts 20:35:
"In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive' "
They also explain:
"If you have a heart for giving, we invite you to join us from November 1 – 30, 2010 as we take giving to new heights, combining the efforts of thousands of people. We’ll be working together to bless our friends, family, neighbors, and complete strangers by making a conscious effort to give each day of November. And we’ll do it all for God’s glory!"
I took a few days to pray and think about getting involved, and I felt that this was something that God wanted me to commit to this month!! I plan on recording my giving throughout the month on both a special calendar I downloaded from the website and occasionally here at A Steady Rain.
I'm sharing this here for a few reasons.....
1. I have signed up at the 30 Day Giving Challenge website, followed @30daygiving on Twitter, and "liked" their Facebook page, BUT I felt as if I needed one more avenue of accountability. I know how life can get away from me, and knowing that I have committed to it publicly will help with my consistency.
2. I wanted to share the opportunity with you too!! Maybe this is something that the Lord will prompt you to do as well (whether you blog or not!!) Giving is not some new, groundbreaking concept, however sometimes we need to get very practical about living out the fruits of the spirit in our lives!
3. For the next month, you will not see any Friday Feedback posts here at A Steady Rain. Instead you will see occasional posts about the giving opportunities I've had in the last few days. I would encourage you to share how you have given of your time, talents, and money in the comments section of those posts. It will be encouraging to see how the Lord is using this challenge in your life!