If you have not been to Amy Sullivan's blog, you must go. It's not because I'm guest posting there today, but because God has truly blessed her with a heart that seeks after Him and His children in very real, tangible ways.
She blogs about giving. About living. Graciously. She has made a huge impact on my life in how I give, in how I respond to God's prompting. She has encouraged me to live out my faith because, as James says, faith without works is dead.
All this to say, as you travel over there to read my post, please spend a few moments reading her words. Prepare to be changed as you journey with Jesus speaking through her.
Here's a little teaser...
Ages ago, I wrote a guest post about how I made a “selfless chart” for my family because I was going insane listening to my children argue over their toys, their turns, and anything else that could at any point in time be called “mine.”
I would love to tell you that since using the chart, my children are no longer selfish, that we have all banished our self-centered ways, that we rarely buy anything for ourselves, and that we spend hours volunteering in the homeless community.
The chart worked, but not quite that well.
As with any behavior chart, once it’s filled up, the kids (and parents, too) seem to lose a bit of momentum toward exhibiting (and eliciting) the desired behavior because they are not working toward an external reward. I think we all lost a bit of that motivation after we had our big family celebration, but I do believe that there were some fundamental shifts in our family dynamics. As with anything, routine practice forms habits. Habits lead to lifestyle changes. Lifestyle changes lead to deep internalizations of what we truly value and what we find to be most important.
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