Can you believe that it’s November already? The leaves are changing, the weather is cooling, and our hearts are turning toward a season of thankfulness. November also brings with it another opportunity to challenge ourselves to give.
If you’re new to the 30-Day Giving Challenge, it’s really quite simple. Each day of November, find a way to give. It could be a financial gift, a gift of time, baked goods for a neighbor… anything! There’s even a 30-Day Giving Challenge printable calendar that you can use to map out your ideas. It’s always amazing to watch God transform our hearts as we begin to look outside of ourselves and focus on giving to others.
One of the things that I’m challenging myself to do again this year is to give the gift of time. That is often the most precious gift that we can give, isn’t it? I would also like to get our daughter Emma more involved in the 30-Day Giving Challenge this year. Here are a few of the ideas that I’m hoping to use for this year’s challenge.
- Bake cookies for our church staff
- Send cards to people we don’t usually send them to
- Donate more items to the food pantry
- Take time to call people just to encourage them
- Have some friends over for dinner
- Help Emma choose some toys to donate
Most of my ideas are simple and don’t cost a lot. Giving doesn’t have to be expensive. <<Click here to tweet that. It also doesn’t have to consume our whole day. I’ve found that just paying attention helps me to be aware of quick and easy ways to give each day. When I’m not paying attention, I tend to be more me-focused and less others-focused. That’s why I love the 30-Day Giving Challenge. Each year it helps me refocus and get my eyes back where they belong and honor God by giving to others. And honestly… what better way could there be to get ready for the Christmas season?
So are you in? Are you ready to give? Do you have some creative giving ideas brewing?
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