Excited to be starting 40 Acts, I am called on to pause & consider what holds me back and what I can offer. The Acts are:
GREEN: Find a pen and two pages from a notepad. On the first page, list everything that’s holding you back right now from living a generous life. Then on the second page, list everything that you have to give away – time, skills, resources. Don’t sell yourself short here – really think about what you have. Rip up the first list. Pray over the second.
AMBER: Look at the second list. Use one of the smaller resources you’ve written down to do something quick and simple today.
RED: Call a mate. Ask them to hold you accountable for the next 39 days – maybe have them call you weekly to check how you’ve been doing with the challenges (or check in every day to pester you if you need it…)
I love the lines from the meditation: Last year, over 100,000 people from 180 countries committed 40 days to exploring what it is like to be generous. Intentional, uncomfortable, inconvenient, radical, contagious, over-the-top, joyful, and – most importantly – Christ-like generosity.
And yes, it was like that – the words inconvenient and intentional both rang true for me particularly. Maybe uncomfortable too – which is one of the things that I wrote as holding me back from generosity “embarrassment”, I wrote – being seen as different, or odd (but I am odd – I’m English!) But I’m excited to be challenged!
I’ve prayed for prompts from God – to open my eyes, my heart, my spirit to see and understand what he wants me to do. “A willing spirit” I wrote for a resource – yes, I am willing, but I still need the final push.
So what am I doing for the Acts? All of them:
GREEN: I’ve written my list, I’ve prayed, I’ve girded my loins.
AMBER: I’m meeting a friend for lunch. I’m planning on buying her a bunch of flowers.
RED: You‘re my Mates. I’m planning on blogging when I can about what I’m doing – not to boast, not for plaudits (though you are very welcome to tell me how lovely I am!) but to be accountable, to remind myself why I’m doing this, to be in community with all the other 40 Activists who are taking part in this challenge of being open to generosity and love.
I repeat those words of David Tennant on The Last Leg: It’s up to us to make it okay. It’s time to be positively rebellious and rebelliously positive…