Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Challenge 429

Back in the day (you know like 2 years ago), every Sunday night I would write out cards to people to let them know I loved them, I would mail them every Monday. I used one book of stamps per week. I don’t remember why I stopped, but for some reason I stopped that practice. Maybe I just got too busy.

The last 2 Mondays at Fuel we have been talking about loving each other. Adam set before us the ‘429 Challenge’. Say 429 nice things to people in the next 7 days, you can do it anyway you want. A letter, a bulletin, a message, a card, you can say it to their face. That’s about 60 nice things per day for the next 7 days. I have this nutty thing, I don’t ask “my kids” to do anything I would not do myself, and it was like God spoke to me, through Adam and said “go spread My love”. So I did. I told the kids I loved them, and sent out emails. All different, telling people the good things I loved about them. I sent all different things… I sent emails, texts, made phone calls, little cards. Letting them know what a blessing they are, every single compliment was felt whole-heartedly.

It was weird, my heart was glowing. It was like I really did have the Holy Spirit in me. It was like somehow even for one minute I got to see how God must look down on each one of us. It reminded me of all the things I love about my friends and the people I serve with at church. Somehow spreading love spreads it in your inside too. It was a blessing to me, probably more than it was a blessing to them. It changed my attitude.

I got a few different responses, the best one was the response I received from Phyllis… “thanks, mom, You’re the best mom, ever.

I challenge you to try it. Maybe do the 429 month, or even the 429 year (that’s a little over 1 per day). Think about how it will change the lives of those you love. Think about how it will change your own attitude towards people, counting blessings instead of burdens. Be sincere, there is good everywhere, because after all, God is everywhere.

Eph 4:29 -Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. (NLT)


Pat said...

I got mine - it was great!!

Mrs. Mac said...

I'm a shut in ... and don't know sixty people ... I'll have to try doing that amount for one year ;)

Elizabeth said...

it brightened my day for sure! i am going to try to pass this on!

Louise said...

I'm gonna try this too!

Amrita said...

Lovely idea Margie.What a blessing to others.