Making a Difference

I didn’t set out for this to be so, but we have been lending our hands all over the place this month and I hope this is the sign of things to come. If you are a mother, I would imagine there are a few character qualities you want your children to acquire; compassion, selflessness, desire for service, just to name a few. It is so easy to have these desires, but I have found that teaching them is a lot more difficult when you haven’t quite learned them yourself.

I would consider myself compassionate, but because I have a “feel the experience and move on” type of attitude, my compassion doesn’t always shine as brightly as it should. I would consider myself selfless, but because I have a tendency to white knuckle grip hold onto things that I really can’t use, my selflessness doesn’t always shine as brightly as it should. I would also consider myself one who desires to serve, but because I first consider my time – what I have going on in my life – or how I might be inconvenienced if I do serve, my desire to serve doesn’t always shine as brightly as it should.

My children are great workers. When they are helping, then they are helping. They do volunteer to help around the house and they do volunteer to help when they are outside of the home, but the chances to do so are few and far between. I know that I am going to have to place them in positions (seeing people in need) and provide them with information (knowledge of the needs of the people) and lead by example (watching what I do and how I respond) for them to start thinking of ways they can make a difference for others without my physical prompt – holding their hand, giving them the material and telling them to go.

So far this month, we have made parachutes for missionaries to use to attach Bibles and other resources that will be dropped by plane in foreign countries into areas that are either too difficult or too dangerous to reach by foot. While we worked, we talked about the missionaries who work to get the Word out and the people who would receive the Bibles.

They helped their very active grandmother plant flowers around her patio. She puts me to shame when it comes to gardening and she can still sew up a storm.

Our church is in revival this week and it invited every single household in our city to attend. The invitations were hand delivered by the members and the children and I took one afternoon and helped deliver some in one of the neighborhoods. As small of a city that we live in, we had never been into these neighborhoods. On occasion, I had River or Lily explain to “our neighbors” what we were doing and by the second or third time, their nervousnous had disappeared. We met quite a few people, ignored the annoying barking of a pint-sized dog, and got our exercise on one of the, so far, hottest days of the season.

Our main project for this month is hosting what I hope will become an annual event for our family. We are partnering with Soles4Souls during the month of April and collecting gently used shoes throughout our county. So far this month, we have collected a little over 100 pair of shoes. You can read WHY I Like this organization. We spent one afternoon delivering the boxes at various locations in our city and also got to meet more people. River enjoyed the “day off” from school, but actually this was a day of service so they will receive school “credit.” You can do that when you’re the teacher. Calling ahead of time to set up box locations was quite a nervous experience for me, but surprisingly people were very receptive.

We are all learning as we embark on making a difference. I hope that not only the children, but I too will learn a lot.

You can make shoe donations locally to Soles4Souls.


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3 Responses to “Making a Difference”


  • Comment from Jamie B.

    What an awesome family you have! I hope to be doing more of these types of activities with the kiddos when they are older. Keep up the good work!

  • Comment from Rana

    Our family is involved with our ministry work doing volunteer work every week. It is a good idea to get the kids involved early so they can understand how important it is to give of ourselves to others. It is so encouraging to see other young ones doing just this. Good job mama.

  • Comment from Dena

    Such great lessons you are teaching them through service projects!

    Hi! I’m working my way through the UBP11 list. I’m stopping by to become a new follower. If you get a chance please check out my blog at http://www.centsationalsaver@live.com. Thanks! Dena


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