We’ve done it. We made it through 30 Days. I’ve already been to the store. Already rejoiced over the addition of coffee creamer back into my coffee, butter back into my fridge. My freezer is restocked with meat. My pantry again bulges with all sorts of nice little non-essentials like paper napkins and pancake syrup and taco chips.
While filling my cart at two different stores I was full of conflicting emotions. Delight that this month I do not have to be accountable for every purchase. Anxiety that I not over spend, not negate the sacrifice of last month by spending twice as much this month.
I want the month to make a difference.
So did it? John and I just got done deciding what to do with the month’s savings. Our hearts, as always, are with the children. We will be sponsoring an HIV+ orphan this next year. I just printed out the donation form and it is sitting here next to me on the couch.
Along with that we are praying that more families will find the courage to adopt these precious kids. It is not enough to give them medicine. Also, desperately, they need families.
It is incredibly easy to be overwhelmed over the scale of the problem in Africa, the numbers of children in desperate need. How can our tiny drop in the bucket even matter when the problem is so gargantuan?
But the size of the problem doesn’t give us license to ignore it. Rather, it makes it morally imperative that we all act. That we all do something.
Will you join us? Will you add your ‘one drop’ of help to our one drop of help? If you are like most Americans, you can do at least something. You can make a difference for a child fighting poverty or disease in this world.
If you will join me, this 30 days of nothing will accomplish so very much more than my family can accomplish alone.