Do you remember my recent whining? See, I was mildly uncomfortable about participating in a food drive with my church. My church wanted us to gather canned goods from our neighbors for local families in need. I liked the canned goods for the needy part. I didn’t like the asking my neighbors part.
But I stretched myself a little, and this is what happened.
A new neighbor gave me her phone number, asked about having a playdate, and we collected some Mott’s Applesauce and a full bag of food.
Bill and Ruby dropped by our house to deliver oatmeal and beans and tell us about a community event our kids might be interested in attending.
Mr. Jack and Miss Jean hung veggies on their porch and smiled at the snail’s pace in which our wagon moved.
Cindy waited in her car before she left for the day to make certain we received her peaches and pears.
The Bailey Bunch gave us the usual treatment of smiles and love, but also added a jam-packed, yellow bag of non-perishables.
We met people, spent time with our kids, gathered food, and forced ourselves out of the just-wave-and-smile-mentality we have grown so used to, and guess what?
It felt good.
In what ways have you stretched yourself lately? Made a new friend? Shared one of your struggles? Volunteered when you felt unfit? Tried something new? Let's hear it!