Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Are you doing anything that matters?

Just do something!
2010 needs to be full of activities and pursuits that matter...stuff bigger than us--and YES some things that don't directly benefit us! It has to be about more than paying bills, climbing the corporate ladder, or surviving the schizophrenic life of a taxi mom. I want to brag on the students and their leaders at Ridge Church for a minute. Many of you have heard of advent conspiracy (check out the video HERE). Short explanation--instead of receiving tons of stuff for Christmas or a birthday you give up something or creatively give in order to provide clean water to people in our world that don't have it. Our middle and high school students set out to do something that matters more than ipod touch, wii, or the newest outfit from Hollisters. They set out to raise $ to build a well that would produce clean drinking water for an entire village.

Cool story #1 I saw a facebook status of Paige Burchard (one of our students) who has one of those birthdays that is dangerously close to Christmas. Her status said something like this: "Please no birthday gifts this year. Instead of gifts I want people to give to advent conspiracy to build a well for people that don't have clean drinking water." Not really the norm for teenagers to give up personal benefit in order to give to others in need. Awesome example!

Cool story #2 Johnny Marsden, Drew Marsden & Riley Gustat (from Student Impact) with Johnny’s Small Group Leader Pierre Gustat as well as Adam Marsden from Upstreet had a neighbor whose tree fell in the backyard. Pierre took the kids over there. They chopped it up for him & cleaned it up! He wanted to pay them but they decided they just wanted him to donate all the $ to Advent Conspiracy and Project Generosity! He wrote them a $200 check.--That's the church as it should be my friends...So, Are you doing anything that matters in 2010? Good news--there is still plenty of time to get started and make a difference. Just do something!

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