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Change November 24, 2008

Something is brewing. I can feel it. I have felt like this before.
I’m on the edge of something new. Old is fading. New is hatching.

It’s a God thing. Of course it is. It always is when these things stir within.

Here’s the deal. I want several things. I mean I really want them. Like a side-by-side front load washer and dryer combo. And not the cheap versions either. No. I want the ones that cost upwards of 3 grand. However, my current washer and dryer work just fine.

I want a new digital camera. But not just any digital camera. No. I want one that costs almost $1000. Why? Because photography is my hobby. I will never try to be a paid photog. But I love taking pictures and editing them and looking at them over and over being amazed that God gave me such a keen eye for detail. It’s fun. It’s my artistic outlet.

I want jewelry. I’ll tell you what. I need another piece of jewelry like I need punched in the eyeball. But still I look and I deal and I get the price I want and then I buy.

What is wrong with this? I’m not sure there is anything wrong with it.
Everybody wants things. More things. Better things. We all do.

Three more people I care very much about lost their jobs in the past 2 weeks. They are all married and they all have children. One got a severence package. One lost his entire pension along with his job. I’m not sure about the third one, but losing your job is bad enough.

As I stand there like a deer caught in the headlights when I’ve been told these things, deep down inside of me I am thanking God with every fiber in my body that Rich is doing well. And for some weird reason I also feel guilty. Grateful and guilty. Why guilty? Because we are fine and they are afraid.

This is the story of America right now. Someone has something going down. Someone will lose their job today. Someone will lose their house today. Someone will lose their car today. Someone will declare bankruptcy today. Someone will lose. A lot of someones.

Change is happening. Sometimes I look at this and I think it’s not such a bad thing for Americans to relearn budgeting and living within their means. I mean, what the heck is wrong with that? That’s how it should have been all along. But we got greedy. We all did. Me, you, them. Everyone.

Change isn’t just happening in our society. It’s happening within me.

The things I want are starting to pale in comparison with the things that are needed globally. I have a washer and dryer. They both work fine. What right do I have wanting a luxury combo when there are many, many women around our world who have never even seen a washer or a dryer? What a selfish thing to want.

I can no longer see my wants and just go for it. What I now see are the hungry, dirty faces of poverty stricken people. They need shoes. They need food. They need medicine. They need love. They need homes. They need help. They need us.

I can’t help but think — even in our current economic “crisis” — that if Americans would stop spending so much money on themselves and step out to help the hurting people in this world that our world would look a whole lot like it should.

If Christians would walk the talk. I mean really do it. Stop storing up rotting treasures on earth and start storing up glorious treasures in heaven… Imagine the impact that would have globally.

Imagine.

Imagine if I dropped the whole boob job issue, the material wants, the dinners and lunches out, the random toys for my kids, and the whole nonsensical way I sometimes spend our money. What if I donated more instead? What if I bought and cooked an ENTIRE Thanksgiving dinner for the family down the street? What if I ate normal food on Thanksgiving and gave someone in need my feast? What if I bought more shoes? What if I sponsored more missionaries? What if I gave a flip more for humanity than I do for my clean clothes? What if?

What if you did?

What if we all did?

Change is good.

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The Unveiling of The Secret November 10, 2008

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You have waited with baited breath I am sure!!

Here’s the deal. Soles4Souls has launched an initiative through social media outlets to give away 50,000 pairs of shoes in 50 days. For more information about this click here.

What can you do?

Give up that Starbucks coffee for 4 days and donate instead. It seriously only costs $5 for TWO pairs of shoes. Five bux!! No shipping. No fees. No trips to the dreaded post office. Not even a stamp is involved. Nada. Giving up your Starbucks addiction for 4 days will donate 8 pairs of shoes!!

Who doesn’t have that? Heck, if you give up pizza night you could donate $15 and give 6 pairs of shoes. Right? Pack your lunch instead of buying a 12 inch Subway sub for $5 and you can give 2 pairs of shoes.

Five.

Count your loose change. Bet you have five dollars worth just in your couch.

Right?

Did you know…

  • It is estimated that Americans have 1.5 BILLION pairs of unworn shoes lying in their closets while over 300 MILLION children around the world have never owned a pair of shoes?

PLUS — there is a bonus for your gift. After 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated, someone (with a guest of their choice) will be randomly selected to hand deliver the shoes they purchased to someone in need on one of Soles4Souls’ trips to Mexico!!!! Wow!!!!!

Rich and I already gave our donation. Now it’s your turn. Join me, Anne Jackson, and over 150 bloggers across the web in an effort to give shoes to those who desperately need them.

Then, after you’ve donated, come back here and help encourage others to participate. Leave a comment that you donated and brag about how SIMPLE it was to give.

Five dollars. What better gift — what cheaper gift — can you give this holiday season?

Want another bonus? Ok. You got it! If you readers collectively (as in group effort) donate $50 TODAY (Monday, November 10, 2008) and post your comment on my blog — Rich and I will MATCH the donation dollar for dollar up to $50. In other words, we will donate $50 in addition to the $50 that you have given. That means for your $5 we’ll give $5 so the donation becomes $10.

That’s just 10 people giving a $5 donation each. That’s MORE than doable on here!

So donate — comment (don’t forget to tell me how much you gave so I can keep track) — and then watch the ripple grow!!

Click here.
Then comment here.
Make a difference!!
Now go!!