I'd like to start out by saying that I'm not trying to post our acts of kindness everyday to say, "Hey, look at us. We are going out of out of our way to do kind things for others. Please think that our family rocks." Because let me be brutally honest and say, "We are SO not perfect and we have a lot of work to do on our hearts and, man, we really needed this 30 day challenge."
I think what I like about blogging (almost) every day of this challenge is the accountability factor. Unfortunately, I need accountability to follow through on things like this. It's really easy to start something with the kiddos and be really pumped up about it, only to fizzle out half way through. It's easy to tell myself that "things here are too crazy" and that "we don't really have enough time". But knowing that I said that I would fill you in on what we did each day is pushing me to make sure that we don't "put this on the back burner". So please, let me be clear... WE ARE NOT SOME PERFECT, DREAMY FAMILY that does everything right. We fall short EVERY day and that's why we need Jesus...we SO need Jesus. Praise the Lord for things like this that He brings into our lives to shape our hearts!
That being said, the little guys and I went out running errands today. We took a shopping cart from the sidewalk into Target and tried to be especially nice to everyone, in each store we visited today. I have realized that often times when we run errands, I am so focused on getting what we are shopping for and getting out--without any major melt-downs or merchandise breakages, that I'm not overly friendly. I wouldn't necessarily say I'm rude or mean, but I guessing they don't see me smiling a lot on the store surveillance videos. I could possibly be viewed as a crabby mommy. Definitely not the kind of person that I want to be! So it was my mission today to SLOW DOWN, relax, and enjoy shopping with my boys. What a concept:)
My husband also decided to contribute to our 30 day challenge but his act will remain unwritten.
So there you have it, Day 10.
Only 20 or, well, should I say a lifetime to go.
I pray that this isn't something that leaves our minds after this month comes to an end.
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