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31 Days of Difference | Forgiveness to Freedom

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31 Days of Difference | Forgiveness to Freedom

Forgiveness. It's not simple, and it can seem impossible to do on a whim. But today, we challenge you to do just that. Forgiveness is a choice. It isn't saying "I wasn't hurt." Or  "What you did didn't matter." It's a way of saying, "I am strong enough, and I am capable of moving on. I am no longer held captive."

The unforgiving mind is full of fear, torn with doubt, confused about itself;  it is afraid, angry, and weak. And as sad as it is to say humanity is born into this. Bitterness and unforgiveness is innate; we are born with it. We are born with the instinct to look out for ourselves, for our pride, for our well-being, and we'd rather be dead than let someone take any of that from us.
However, forgiveness is acquired. It is DIFFERENT than what we are born to know. So today, show the immense difference God has made in your life, and forgive someone.

-xoxo from the girl who learned her lesson,
Nicole Finnell

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31 Days of Difference: Dearly, be dear

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31 Days of Difference: Dearly, be dear

Dearly, be dear today.

Matthew 5:4 is a verse that brought me through some of the most confusing times in my life. It says, “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.” When we lose something dear to our heart, we tend to see it only as a loss rather than a gain. But a saying I have learned to live by is, “To lose something great is to gain something greater.” So, today lets step out of our normal mindset of “I want to be blessed,” and turn it around into “I want to bless someone,” because to lose something great is to gain something greater. Instead of being the person who is blessed, be the “blesser,” and give up something dear to you to be dear to someone else. Whether this is not buying yourself food so that you can give another person a meal, or stopping your busy schedule to spend some quality time with a good friend, or sacrificing some of your TV time to help your parents out with cleaning up after dinner, or even using some of your savings to buy something special for a person dear to you—just dearly, be dear, and it’ll make all the difference.

Kaytee Mitchell

 

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31 Days of Difference | Go Beyond Your Boundaries

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31 Days of Difference | Go Beyond Your Boundaries

Today is the first day of the 31 Days of Difference, but it's not just that. It's the beginning of a journey. 

When we were brainstorming this event, one thing was clear. We wanted a new start - a new beginning with a new purpose. That's where 31 Days of Difference came from. 

That's not what we're talking about here, though, is it? It's today's theme. Go beyond your boundaries. 

Why? Give yourself a new perspective. What better way to do that then do something you're not used to? So, get outside of your comfort zone. Go do something fun or crazy or exciting or scary. Go beyond your boundaries. 

Welcome to this journey. Let's discover!

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
— Walt Disney
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