Once I cut back on hours at work and began wrapping things up in order to become a full-time stay-at-home mom, I became so focused on our family and our needs (out of worry and out of a need to plan) that I now feel a little selfish. Here we are with a roof over our heads, and all of our needs met, and yet I continue to worry about us.
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6: 28-34
I know that I need to be more intentional about serving other people, and I really want to do it. Yet, I put it off. I stay busy with other things. I feel so convicted about this. But, it’s time. And, it’s okay to start small. I am so blessed and so well-equipped to help.
The first thing I’m going to do: I’ve been hearing about these coupon programs for military families. You can donate your expired manufacturer coupons to military families who are then able to use these coupons on military bases up to six months after their expiration date. If you’re interested in doing this too, one of the easiest places I’ve found to send your expired coupons is to the Krazy Coupon Lady’s military coupon program. I’ve also recently discovered some local churches with similar programs. You can even start your own.
So, today’s note-to-self: It’s not about you.
There is so much joy in helping other people, and I think I’ve lost sight of that lately.