A Generosity Challenge… Are You In?

by Michelle Acker on November 14, 2013

in Learning the Art of Living,Thought Provoking

Are you up for a generosity challenge?   You might be surprised if you try it…  Stick with me to the end to find out what it is….

Generosity Challenge

This is Texas y’all.  A cool 65 degree night will cause everyone in the neighborhood to light a fire in their wood burning fireplaces. Seriously. I don’t lie.  This is Texas. It’s how we roll...

But, I am a gal with a Michigan heart, so I chuckle to myself when I see people bundled up in scarves, thick winter jackets, and furry winter boots, looking like they’re ready for the arctic circle when it gets down into the 50’s.  Most fall and even winter days, my kiddos simply go to school with just a thick hoodie, or a very light jacket.

Oh, but last night?  It was forecast to be down in the upper 20’s.   20’s y’all!! So sending them with a sweatshirt didn’t really feel like the “good mom” thing to do, know what I mean?

Off I went to rummage through our seldom opened coat closet.  This closet in the front hall is hardly ever used, and yet it overflows with winter gear.  I start pulling it all out, looking for something for my kiddos to wear in the morning.  The pile out in the hall grows large…

Is there a winter jacket in here that will even fit?  

Probably not.  I guess it’s time to hand some of these down…

Then it dawns on me: several of these are mine.  And I just bought another new coat, too!  How many coats DO I need?  An even greater number of jackets belong to my husband.  How many coats does HE need?

How many coats do ANY of us need?


Maybe it’s the sermon series my pastor is teaching on generosity, or maybe it the question he asked: “…are we hoarding our blessings?”     But probably, it was the point he made Sunday that maybe, just maybe we are so abundantly blessed, so that we can be a blessing to others.  Maybe I am so blessed, overflowing with warm jackets and coats, so that I can be a blessing to others…

Something to think about, no?

As I consider this question, a thought stops me in my tracks:

How many people will be cold tomorrow morning, simply because I’ve been hoarding all these coats?  

How many people might be warm the rest of this fall and winter if I gave these extra coats and jackets to my favorite local charity to hand out?

It was time for action.  I pulled out 3 coats of my own, 2 that my kids had outgrown, and 5 that my husband hasn’t worn in years.  They are piled in my car this very moment, waiting to be dropped off at a local charity.  And, y’all?   We won’t be cold.  We each have what we need to keep warm, and a even a few to spare, if I’m honest.  Now it’s your turn.  Are you up for the challenge?

Your Challenge:


Go to your coat closet right now.  Ask yourself this:

How many coats/jackets do I/we really need?

How many are overflowing, abundant blessings,  just waiting for us to be a blessing to someone else?


Let’s warm up our communities, y’all.  Be a blessing.  

Photo Credit:
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Nannette and the Sweetheart November 14, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Thank you for this post! I will go home and see what I can give! Blessings! Pay it forward! ♥

Lyli @ 3-D Lessons for Life November 14, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Great reminder, Michelle! I do need to go through the closet (and the drawers, too!).

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