I don't want you to get the wrong idea - I'm not philanthrophic all the time. This idea I'm about to share with you started with me wanting to have a party. We're in a new house, my wedding china has been unpacked for the first time in 10 years, and this inner hostess I'm surprised to meet is bubbling up to the surface. Maybe we can stretch it and say something about "hospitality," but really, this started with me just wanting to have people over.
"Not that there's anything wrong with that!"
Sometimes having a party is exactly what you need to do. But this time, I was also asking my particular questions about call and something related to the party started floating around in the back of my mind.
Make it different. How?
Involve a cause. Which one?
Make it easy. What do you mean???
Deep breath. Square one. What am I familiar with? What do I know? How can I possibly integrate helping others with a little party I want to have?
And in the way that God often works in my life, the answer (after lots of foggy wrestling) was suddenly crystal clear: Florence Crittenton.
I know them. They have a simple wish list. Most of the desired items are waiting on my closet shelves, and I started to guess, on most of my friends' shelves, too. Who doesn't have maternity clothes they need to get rid of? Or extra toilet paper? Or random office supplies? Or slippers they've never worn?
So next week, I'm hosting a Christmas Coffee for a Cause. I've invited friends from my new neighborhood, and moms from my kids' classes. The idea is simple: come over for coffee, and bring something from the wish list. Do not go shopping. Just bring that extra bottle of detergent, or those clothes that have been in your attic for months, and realize how that can be such a blessing.
Already, a pile of goods is accumulating in my home . . . It's exciting. And a beautiful lesson in little bit + little bit = something.
So. Photos next week, and then - a Christmas break. Till then, don't forget about the Second Star to the Right e-book giveaway going on until Sunday!
P.S. Please remember, this is not about guilt. Just because I'm doing this doesn't mean you "should" or that I will ever do it again. I'm sharing this only to provide an example of call in my life, in the hopes that it helps you distinguish between guilt and call in your own life.
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