I’m all things fall.
Back to school.
Pumpkin spice everything.
New notebooks, schedules, routines. I love it all. It’s a better version of the New Year than the actual New Year for me.
This post is sponsored by Compassion International.
And I love the chance to have a second chance at the year. An opportunity to pull out that list of goals and steps I said back on January 1 that I was going to pursue this year and have a last quarter push toward making the deadline. That closet I was going to get cleaned out before company starts arriving for all the holiday season. That fitness goal I could still squeak in and hit, making it possible to fit into that festive dress by Thanksgiving. That personal habit that there is still time to make solid over the tumbling weeks toward Christmas.
And then there are those goals that have been sitting on that list, just waiting. Waiting for no good reason other than I just haven’t gotten it done. Goals that are worthy and important, but somehow just don’t get that bonus boost of urgency that the others get throughout the year.
There’s one that sat on that kind of list a few years ago. Something I meant to do from the start of the year. And the year before. And I just kept transferring it to a new list of resolutions.
That’s where it sat.
A good goal. An important one. One that could make a big difference for someone.
Here’s what I didn’t know.
While I was waiting for a convenient time to get it accomplished, it meant someone else was waiting. And that someone was a child in need on the other side of the globe.
See, that goal I kept putting off was to hop online and sponsor a child in need through Compassion International. I’d been to plenty of speaking events and Christian concerts where Compassion would talk about the kids who were needing medical, educational, and spiritual care. I absolutely believed in what Compassion was doing, saw the need, realized what just over a dollar a day could do in the life of a child.
But I didn’t grasp the urgency.
And so I waiting.
Which meant a child was waiting.
And that child knew he was waiting for a sponsor. That’s the part that gets me the most, that while I was looking for a ‘convenient’ time to take the quick couple of minutes to register as a sponsor, he was watching other kids receive sponsorship while he waited. I don’t have a great reason for the wait on my side; life got busy, other things seemed urgent, that closet cleaning was next on the list and then I’d get to that line item to sponsor a child.
So here’s the thing.
Let’s grab this second chance at a New Year. Get yourself a cup of something pumpkin spice and let’s dust off that list of resolutions that got stuffed in the back of that journal sometime in early March. Let’s refresh our eyes to the things we said would be important in 2018. And let’s get that stuff done. That closet. That fitness goal. That habit. That stuff.
And that ‘stuff’ should always, always, include making the lives of others better. Being generous. Being kind. Sharing what we have. And you can achieve that goal today by going to compassion.com/allmomdoes and sponsoring a waiting child in need. Don’t let your wait make a child wait.
Happy New-ish Year.
Make a difference this year and sponsor a child at compassion.com/allmomdoes.