….And We’re Off!

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It’s Friday!  Last minute goodies have been picked up, immunizations (OUCH) have been injected, antibiotics have been picked up!  In 24 short hours we will be boarding a plane for Honduras! Today is packing day!

As this trip has been building so has my anticipation, excitement, and elation.  I am a complete wad of emotion today.  God has a way of doing that to me.  And when you know that this is exactly the will of God, and exactly where you should be beyond a shadow of a doubt…that’s got some power behind it.

I have so much fun talking with people about this trip this past week.   Here are some things I have heard….

“Ya know as American’s we have so much.  But we always want more, always….man, we have so much to be thankful for, and really need nothing more.  We really have NOTHING to complain about, do we?”

So true!

“This is going to give you such a different perspective on life, as you leave the comforts of home (which we often take for granted) and serve in this desperately poverty-stricken area.  You my friend, will never be the same.”

Counting on it!

“Be prayerful about the fact that you may feel a little guilt as you leave your job site everyday, knowing what you are doing for this sweet family (and their current situation)…as you go back to your hotel.”

So true!

“God is going to use you, Greg and your whole team, in such a huge and impactful way.”

So incredibly true!

“You will be so changed by this experience!”

Already have been!

And a quote sent to me by a sweet friend,   “No one grows up hoping someday they’ll be typical. Get back to leading that inexplicable life you were aiming for.”

As I pack, I find myself a little teary-eyed, overflowing with so much thankfulness and joy.  I am grateful that we (our team) are willing to take this incredible leap of faith together.  To reach across geographical and cultural boundaries sharing sensitivity, warmth, love, tenderness, kindness….humanity.  I am praying…

God may every single thing we do on this trip be for your glory.  May the lives of these Hondurans be forever changed by Your love, care and compassion.  And that we are the best representation of that love and compassion.  Keep our teams safe, healthy and full of endurance for this job.  And Lord, thank you for showing me so long ago, to never, ever,  take anything in my life for granted.

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A Whole Different Kind of “cosmetic bag”

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Hammer, check! Tape measure, check! Work gloves, check! Say what…..??

~Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. -Galatians 6:9

~Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  -Hebrews 12:1

“Christ wants not nibblers of the possible, but grabbers of the impossible.” — C.T. Studd

Random Acts of Kindness

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~All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don’t discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.

I had to sit down and write a little post today, after my Facebook status about kindness.  This #26 Days of kindness challenge has just been stuck in my mind, since I read about it.  And the more I read, the more it bothers me.

I, like everyone in this country, have had a heavy heart since the tragic act of last week in Newtown.  The heartbreaking and senseless act of what happened that day is still spiraling around in my mind.  A fog of sadness that will be there for some time.  I have children of my own, and I cannot even begin to grip what this community and these families are suffering through.  I also cannot wrap my mind around, the torment, hatred, and agony the young man was suffering from, who took such innocent lives.

That being said, when I read about this #26 Days of Kindness, it kind of struck me as strange.  Although, a nice sentiment, and a nice honor, what I do not understand is the fact, that when faced with tragedies such as this…why is it THEN, that people find it appropriate to do Random Acts of Kindness?  This should be every day living, people.  Every single day of our lives, we should be kind, thoughtful and doing things for those we love, as well as, for perfect strangers.

I think I must live in a different World in my mind….  This is not a one-day deal…or #26-day deal.  This is a current, happening (or should be) every-day deal.  Why would you NOT??

And then…to post Facebook statuses and Tweet about your “act” Are you joking?  Please say you are kidding me?  What good is that?  Is that bringing honor to anyone other than you? Leave it to the media, to come up with that senseless idea!!

“Oh…look at me…I mowed my neighbors lawn!!”  Yay, ME!!  “Look at me, I paid for someone’s groceries!” “I committed a random act!”   Really?

A random act of kindness should be just that….  And the notoriety of the act should be held in your heart…. not bragging about it on social media, the news, or in the paper.  People…..you should be ashamed of yourself.  Bragging about your good deeds is ridiculous, selfish and egocentric.  And for me…would kind of ruin the warm fuzzies in my heart.

A true act of kindness is heartfelt.  It comes from within…FOR the other person to love and hold on to.  It is the act of friendship, love, consideration, passion, forgiveness (sometimes) mercifulness and humaneness.  And should come from a place of humility and humbleness!

And as far as 26 days goes…how about 365 days?  How about the rest of your life?  How about one small gesture to brighten someone’s day without even thinking about it… on a daily basis, a monthly basis, a yearly and life-long basis.  Not to brag or make yourself feel good (even though it does) or make people think you are kinder than you actually might be.  Maybe, because as humans that is what we should do.  Period!!  I do realize that it does make you feel great to do for others, but it is unnecessary to be a braggart.   Trust me, you still get the great feeling, even without the news following you around!

I challenge you all.  Go out into the world and do something nice.  Without needing notoriety.  Without being boastful.  Without needing the spotlight turned on you.

I see the problem as more of an un-kindness of people.  If you cannot have the media turned off, or have the spotlight OFF of you, then it is really a selfish act…and out of no kindness at all.  Maybe, that’s the real problem, isn’t it?…. selfishness, not lack of kindness.  Maybe people’s need for attention and being complete “media whores” is the real issue.  The fact that people cannot get out of their own way to do something nice for one another, without notariety…that is the problem of our societal lack of kindness towards people. Or the mindset of, “Well, they haven’t done anything for me….” Get over yourself!

***What I DO love is hearing about these Random Acts from the vantage point of the receiver.  It is always fun to hear, how someone’s heart was warmed, their day was made, or something put a smile on their face by the kindness of a stranger or friend.

So to Ann Curry and all of media out there…how about an “#everyday act of kindness” how about “#365actofkindness. “  How about a country full of kindness for everyone.  Imagine the country and or world we could live in if this were the case.  That if every single day, every single person paid it forward, did a kind act.  Just one teeny-tiny thing!  Wow!  Not just when tragedy strikes.  Not just around the holidays, and above all NOT to use it as a tool to draw attention to yourself or to expect something in return!  Or is this just too much to ask of all of you “kind” people??

Now that’s a social media movement!!

~“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” ~Luke 6:38

~“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” ~Luke 6:27-31

~“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant”  ~1Corin 13:4