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I used to not like orange at all. (gee, aren't you glad you're reading this right now?! newsflash! sunny didn't like orange.)
however, I now like it. so I was delighted to find this new blog (because of a blogger who linked to her "emergency birthday card and envelope" you could download and send to someone if you hadn't been to the store or wanted to personalize a card)... I love it! Using Google Reader to read blogs, I can star blog entries I'd like to read again. I starred the first three of her four latest entries!
today has been a full day, and it's not even over yet. last night went with a friend Renee to assist her in filming a track practice for some kids in the special olympics. such fun to film their enthusiastic sporting practice, their cheerful high-fives and hugs, and earnest races and long jumps. As we left to get dinner, renee's friend ali called after having The Longest Day Ever. She had two requirements for a restaurant: food + alcohol. We found a brewery to meet her requirements. I was then going to return to the office but found I'd lost my office key. So I went home, watched american idol (please let jordin stay, please!) and then went to bed early as i was in the office by 6:10 AM today.
I will leave here and go to the gym for a brisk walk before meeting a friend for dinner then driving quickly to church to meet with my junior high girls. The focus tonight is on meeting the needs of others. Here are the questions we'll be asking each other tonight:
1. (Random ice breaker) If you had $1 million to give to any charity or other need in the world, which would you choose (and why)?
2. Why is it so difficult to live the kind of life that constantly chooses to meet the needs of others?
3. When meeting a need (such as feeding the homeless for instance), how do you go about pointing that person to Jesus?
4. Is it better for a person to stick to serving one area of need, or several different needs?
5. When meeting needs through our own sacrifice, why does the Bible say it is important to do so humbly and secretly? Is this really necessary? Is there any scenario when it’s okay to bring attention to ourselves as Christians for doing so?
6. How can we pray for one another?
the youth ministry (matchbox ministries) is in the midst of The Leveling Project - which I understand encourages kids to see people on level with each other - whether in serious need (homeless or living in a shelter) or people who have plenty (our part of the county)... the kids will start a 30-hour famine saturday and it'll end sunday night at a barbecue. In between the kids will gather to watch The Pursuit of Happyness, bring clothing and hygiene items to donate, attend the youth service sunday morning, then spend sunday afternoon out in the community (between milwaukee and madison) - collecting items to donate and also making meals to serve (while they themselves will be fasting) in milwaukee and madison.