The more I go through with this challenge, the more He reveals to me just how many are hurting and how many are lost in this world. I am reminded how lost I once was, the person I once was, the person I am now, and the person I am becoming due to His grace and the incredibly abundant life I get to live in Christ. It is this abundant life that leads me to encouraging others in anyway the Lord guides me.
On this third day of the challenge I had time before church to treat my kids to Dunkin Donuts. When I entered the parking lot it was bustling with traffic as many trying to get their caffeine fix for the day. The positioning of the parking lot could be clearly seen from the windows of DD, so I made a mental note not to leave a note in that area of the parking lot when leaving, but ask God for guidance of another area He would prefer me to go in.
As we left I began looking at the vastness of the parking lot and noticed a “loner” kind of car parked under the shade of a tree. My kids kept asking why I was going so slow and questioning my direction. This was a little different from the other two days, since I wasn’t concerned with having to answer to anyone of what I was doing and why I was doing it. Side note here for those who don’t have children: Children want to know everything you are doing and why you are doing it even if it doesn’t pertain to anything they are doing, their needs, or wants…they just have to know or they’ll explode with the thoughts of not knowing! So, after I quickly explained what I was doing to my children, I parked next to this car and silently prayed for the person who would receive this next card, got out of the van, and stuck it in between the car window.
Having to do this in front of my children made me realize all the more what kind of example I may be setting for them. They already see their father and I leave them for ten plus days to a foreign mission field every 60 days and now something as simple as this challenge. I can only hope the example set for them is one that will prepare them to stand firm in His Word and in their faith no matter what others may think. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 1:18 “The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.”
This challenge may very well be foolishness to many that either read this or those that receive one of the index cards, but if it helps one person, just one person out of the 100’s of index cards I plan on leaving, then it was worth it. Worth it to me, not necessarily for unselfish reasons, but for the reasons it made me slow my life down to take note of the those around me, for the reasons it made me dig into scripture, and for the reasons it made me pray for a complete stranger. Yes, worth it indeed 🙂