Friday, October 15, 2010

On goodness.

How can someone possibly do something good everyday?

It sounds exhausting, doesn't it?

I get that.

But there are so many ways to do small, good, things.  If I can fall asleep, at what is most likely way to late of an hour, knowing that I made an effort to make the world better in a very small way, then I rest sweeter.

Do I save the world every day?

Hardly.

My version of goodness might just be spending an extra few minutes chatting with my neighbor who is struggling in life,
sending a quick text message to a friend,
or choosing to be thankful as I fold and sort a mountain of laundry, because that mountain of laundry represents the little ones entrusted to my care.

But some days the only good in me is holding my tongue when I want to absolutely
FREAK OUT
that my jumpy, fidgety daughter has yet again, spilled all over the table.

Because, let me tell you.  All that is in me wants to freak out.  Some days I just pray that we can survive breakfast without a spill.  I consider those mornings a gift.

But in my annoyance when I am spending my nearly daily ritual of cleaning up some sort of spill, I rarely see past the fact that in my frustration, I am taking something for granted.

Clean water.

Water that does my laundry.  Water that bathes my children.  Water that I mop the floor with.  Water that fills our cups.

So some days, my goodness is small.  Globally insignificant.

But other days I want my goodness to change the world.  If only for one person.  One family.  One community.

Last year God planted a dream in my heart.  A dream that my sweet friends believed in.  A dream that you believed in.

Together we built
TWO WELLS.


We altered the future for two communities.
We chose goodness.

It is time to do it again.

We are dreaming again.  Trusting again.  Believing that 
together
we can accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope.

Will you join us?
Please visit Project 320 to learn more.

This year is going to be even better.

We simply cannot wait.

13 comments:

  1. Woohoo!! Bring on the faith!! Four wells this year?

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  2. You are one amazing woman, Julie! Changing the world and making it better - thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. Love you & your heart. So thankful to be a part of this. To God be the Glory! Let's build more wells!

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  4. You all are amazing and God is using you in wonderful ways!!!

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  5. I understand the spilling thing. My 12 year old daughter uses a sippy cup (of her own choice) because she's getting tired of cleaning up her own spills. We have a good laugh about it.

    Wow! You are one amazing girl. I became aware of this project last year & donated. It felt great! Thanks for the reminder that we can't quit helping!

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  6. can't wait to see what God does this year...I just know it's gonna be good!!
    Many Blessings!
    Jill

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  7. Yes, love your heart. Will be praying about how I can (and will) help... Gotta go. My child just spilled an entire box of cereal on the living room floor. No joke.

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  8. Is this the same pne that MHCS put on last year? Let me know! I WANT IN!

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  9. Project 320 sounds awesome! I'm totally going to check it out. Sounds similar to a project I supported last year and wrote about in this post: http://topofthepagewithleslie.blogspot.com/2010/02/i-think-i-can.html

    Jars of Clay founded this project and spoke about it at a concert. They challenged people to abstain from all beverages but water for 40 days and then keep a tally of the money saved. Our sacrifice = someone else's blessing of clean water. I thought that was a great, specific way to "raise" money to give, whether to them or Project 320. Really cool.

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  10. I cannot wait. I am off to visit it. You really are amazing. So amazing.

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  11. We choose goodness.

    Brilliant.

    Perfect.

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  12. K...I want in on the ground up this year. Other than donate... What can I do to help? Just watched 'running the sahara' and it messed me up! Those crazy dudes ran the equivalent of 150 marathons in 111 days to promote awareness of water conditions in Africa, and raise $ to help. Now, I can't do anything like THAT, but it's the little things that make the biggest difference. Right?

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