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Be the Blessing (a Challenge)

It's no secret that I believe that we are supremely blessed.

Even when we don't feel like it, even when we have trouble finding it, even when our blessings don't look the way we thought they would--- we are so, so blessed.

But the story doesn't end there.

We encounter God's goodness for a reason. 

We have a purpose. We have a mission. We have a job to do.

We're blessed to be a blessing.

I don't know about you, but I'm guilty of keeping God's goodness to myself a lot of the time. I focus in instead of looking up. I miss the harvest that's ready all around me.

I don't want to do that. I want to be a light, not just under a bushel or only in my own home or only in my comfort zone. After all, God went pretty far out of His way to bring us back to Him, and the cross was anything but comfortable.

In this stage, in this season of my life, I'm not called to do "big things," at least not the things that the world calls big. Right now, I'm in a place of making small steps, of sharing small blessings, of making seemingly insignificant gestures to my world and my community.

Sometimes, those small things? They make the biggest difference. 

I know. I've been a recipient, especially this past week, of so many little things- and man, have they kept me going.

So, I'm challenging myself. To get out there, To actually do the things I've thought about doing so many times. To make that call, to send that card, to take a step, to be the blessing.

(And what a gift it is! It's a gift to be the blessing, to be a little bit of good in a seemingly dark world, to share some kindness in a life that is often mean and cold, to extend a little gentleness into a harsh and gritty place.)

And I'm challenging you, too.

Because we may be small. We may be busy. We may be afraid- of rejection, of disappointment, of stepping out of the boat.

But we're also the blessing. We're the light.

And just think what could happen if the people of the light all did little things.

So, I'm challenging you (and myself, too) to do a little thing- something small, maybe something a little inconvenient, maybe something a little costly (either of time or of money or of resources)- to share the love of our big God in a real way.

Let's do this.

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  1. Very inspiring post Ally. I too am trying to get out there and enjoy my little blessings and spread blessings to others though they may be "small" but realise that a lot of smalls convert to Huge with good intentions.

    1. Thank you, Renz! I love that- "a lot of smalls convert to huge!" So true.

  2. I have added you to my prayer list because this challenge is a good thing.

    1. Aw, thanks, Jeannie! I'm so excited to see what lots of people encouraging one another can do together!

  3. Great challenge Ally! It will be fun to see what happens!

  4. This is such a wonderful challenge. One of my favorite things to do when I feel completely overwhelmed, is something small from someone else. Just the other day I was having a stressful day, when the girl behind me at the coffee house had a crying baby in her arms. My daughter was being good, quiet and had slept well the night before, where clearly the other ladies baby had not. So I decided to buy that new mommy the caffeine that would keep her going, and realized, how lucky I was and let the little things stressing me out melt away!

  5. Popping over from #joyhopelive =) What a great challenge, heading over to check it out now. We need to spread the joy and help each others once we've received help. Pay it forward. Come share your crafts, DIY's, recipes & up-cycle posts at #2usestuesday (Mon PM to Fri PM) & your latest & greatest Pinterest pins at #Pinbellish (Fri AM to Tues AM) over at Sarah Celebrates if you don't already!

  6. Thank you for sharing with us at #JoyHopeLive!

  7. This is an awesome, awesome challenge. We are blessed for the exact purpose of being a blessing to others. I will keep the idea of "Encourage" on my mind over these next few days--there are countless opportunities for it, why don't we do it more often?