Saturday, March 24
In the 2018 40-day Lenten Challenge, we seek to find as many ways as possible to honor God by learning to say, “Yes” and “No”. Each day will contain a different challenge, posted on FaithSpring’s Website and FaceBook page. In addition, on each Sunday during Lent, a weekly challenge will be revealed, challenging us to maintain a certain “Yes” and “No” for the entire week. (Please see the previous post from Sunday to learn about the weekly challenge.)
Today we say “Yes” to Check-in with 5 Family Members or Friends and “No” to Forgetting. It’s very important that we take some time to make contact with the people we love and those who love us. This might be Family Members or close Friends, or it could simply be neighbors or acquaintances. The importance of the Challenge can’t be stressed enough: everyone needs to know that they are important and valued.
It’s likely that someone has Checked-in with us in the past week. It may have been a quick text, an email, or even better, a phone call or hand-written note. Consider returning this favor to five people today. Or, if you didn’t receive anything this week, you probably know first-hand how important it would have been for you to receive something like this. Today is the day to make it work for some folks who need it the most.
The Apostle Paul was exceptional at this. He sent lots of letters and he was sure to not only mention people by name, but also to encourage others to reach out to those who supported the LORD’s work. “Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved. I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my coworkers, whose names are written in the book of life” (Philippians 4:1-3, NRSV).
Make a difference in the lives of 5 people today. Reach out, Check-in with them, and let them know that they are important to both you and God.
Today, say “Yes” to Check-in with 5 Family Members or Friends and “No” to Forgetting!