A Culture of Care

What's the purpose of this project.

We want to provide you with a season of caring for others that is measurable and creates a transformation in you becoming a more thoughtful and caring person. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to practice thoughtfulness and care each day - for 35 days. There’s no rationale behind 35 days; it just fell into place like that between Thanksgiving and the New Year. But, it will provide a significant amount of time for you to consistently change a habit.

Each day will offer different opportunities for you. Some of them will be super easy - others will take some planning on your part. A few will require some sacrifice, but each one will give you a snapshot of caring that is different from the next.

We break each day into four parts:

  • Scripture - to teach or to provide an example

  • Daily Reading - to challenge or change your thinking

  • Project Suggestions - because we all need suggestions in our lives

  • Journal Space - to write down what you’re learning or what you experienced

It’s our prayer that at the end of this season, you will have discovered that caring for other people really is a blessing - both to the recipient, as well as to you. We want to create a counter-culture of caring individuals who represent Jesus well and give to the world what it craves most - someone that has genuine concern for them. We pray that as you become the hands and feet of Jesus through caring for others, culture will change and the world will know who Jesus really is.

Monday, November 28

My Insecurity is Showing

“What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. - Matthew 10:29–31(NLT)

The younger, boyish me was very insecure. I was deeply dependent on what other people thought about me. Some days I still am. Not to the extent of my younger self, but insecurity continues to rear its ugly head in my life. Likewise, if we are overly concerned about what people think of us or, even worse, we don’t think we have anything to offer, we limit ourselves in giving to others. 

We tend to talk ourselves out of doing things for others because we don’t think it will make any difference. But, our care for others can’t be based on results-driven desires. We need to shift our thinking and make the effort because people matter. This is what sets Christians apart from the rest of the world. Contrary to popular narratives, the world is full of good people who do good things. However, most of the good they do is based on their feeling of accomplishment in helping others. Sometimes, it’s even based on an expectation to get back something in return. Impure motives lurking behind caring may substitute transaction for authentic thoughtfulness.

When we minimize our influence and our God-given giftedness, we devalue our contributions to the human race - even our contributions of care for others. God uses us, his people, to express value to His creation. When we don’t fulfill this purpose, we create a spirit whereby people see God as uncaring. You are God’s instrument of care in the world. If the world feels uncared-for by God, the responsibility is on us to change that narrative between God and his creation.

TRY IT: What are some of your best qualities? How can you use those to bless another person?