Have you ever read something (a novel, an article, a snippet of a headline) that stopped you dead in your tracks!? Something that caught you off guard and changed your perspective, or something that moved you so far out of your comfort zone you could barely see the boundary lines?!
I can totally relate.
I recently read "The Circle Maker" by Mark Batterson, a book that encourages you to pray circles around your biggest dreams and greatest fears. And boy, did it stop me dead in my tracks! See, I often find myself saying “I just want to help," or "How can I help?" or "Do you need help!?” Most of the time it’s to coworkers, family members, or friends. It may not be anything profound, but it means so much just to offer to help with simple tasks.
After reading this book my biggest dreams and greatest fears have been circled, and it is my goal to keep circling them. I often say one of my biggest dreams is “to help thousands of people by using my God-given gifts and talents.” Yup, I said it - thousands! It’s a lofty goal, and the Herb Brooks’ voice in me says, “That’s why I want to pursue it.” (... any “Miracle” fans out there?!)
So what is this #uncommonactsofkindness, you ask? Each month (starting June 30th/July 1st, 2016), I want YOU to nominate someone YOU feel needs or deserves encouragement.
Simply follow the "NOMINATE HERE" link and fill out the anonymous short questionnaire. I just need to know the nominee’s name, mailing address, and a few of their favorite things - that’s it! The nomination time will be open ALL MONTH LONG, and it will close at 12:00 pm CST on the first day of the new month. I will then randomly choose ONE nominee for the #uncommonactsofkindness box, to be sent out on the 7th of the month! It will be a uniquely personalized package, full of the winner's favorite things, and its only purpose is to spread JOY! We'll post a photo of it on my @UNCOMMONCS Instagram account or use it in our monthly Uncommon Telegram E-Newsletter.
That means that every year, I can encourage twelve people using my God-given gifts of pulling together thoughtful care packages. With lots of circled prayers, maybe one day this can grow into something bigger... but for now, it’s a start.
"NOT EVERY ACT OF KINDNESS IS RANDOM"