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SAVETHESLOTH THIS WEEK (5)

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we’re asking our community to step out of comfort zones, and begin the process of having eyes opened to people, needs, issues, and ideas. the goal is that we would be a generation that is fully awake to the things God has created us to be…and we hope these simple tasks and challenges will stretch each of us. leave comments as you engage yourself in these challenges.

SAVETHESLOTH THIS WEEK:
Rather simple concept this week, but extremely difficult to actually do. Spend at least 30 minutes in complete solitude this week. Just you and the Father. No books and no music. Just 30 minutes of simple time in solitude. Be aware of the presence of God that surrounds you.

A good read we suggest this week to you: “Practicing the Presence of God” by Brother Lawrence. Perhaps a tougher read, but expands on the idea of being aware of the presence of God in every moment. You can actually download a free copy of this book here.

SAVETHESLOTH THIS WEEK (4)

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we’re asking our community to step out of comfort zones, and begin the process of having eyes opened to people, needs, issues, and ideas. the goal is that we would be a generation that is fully awake to the things God has created us to be…and we hope these simple tasks and challenges will stretch each of us. leave comments as you engage yourself in these challenges.

SAVETHESLOTH THIS WEEK:
JOURNAL YOUR THOUGHTS, PRAYERS, AND CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD FOR THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS.

We know that spending time with God every day in a disciplined time-frame is difficult for most of us. For the next seven days, find some point in each day to journal any thoughts, prayers, and/or conversations you have with God throughout the day. Push yourself this week to be disciplined in this. Practice the discipline of journaling your thoughts. This might nudge you onto continuing journaling as a part of your spiritual journey. Writing down your thoughts (either through blogging or personal journaling) can be a beneficial thing in our spiritual lives. It allows us to see some of our own progress, while looking back on previous struggles and victories.

SAVETHESLOTH THIS WEEK (3)

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every monday morning, a “savethesloth this week” challenge will be posted here. we’re asking our community to step out of comfort zones, and begin the process of having eyes opened to people, needs, issues, and ideas. the goal is that we would be a generation that is fully awake to the things God has created us to be…and we hope these simple tasks and challenges will stretch each of us. leave comments as you engage yourself in these challenges.

SAVETHESLOTH THIS WEEK:
GIVE AWAY. GO THROUGH YOUR CLOSET AND GIVE AWAY ALL THE CLOTHES THAT YOU HAVEN’T WORN IN A LONG TIME. TAKE THEM TO A LOCAL HOMELESS SHELTER, MISSION, OR CLOTHING MINISTRY (OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW THAT PERSONALLY NEEDS THEM).

We live in excess. We consume too much, we own too much, and we keep things that we are no longer using. In each of our communities there are people in dire need of the things that we have. Look around…notice things in your closet, garage, house, yard…notice things that you don’t need…and give them to people that are in need.

In every city there are local missions and shelters that are always needing items. What are you able to give away this week? Let’s dialogue…

SAVETHESLOTH THIS WEEK (2)

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every monday morning, a “savethesloth this week” challenge will be posted here. we’re asking our community to step out of comfort zones, and begin the process of having eyes opened to people, needs, issues, and ideas. the goal is that we would be a generation that is fully awake to the things God has created us to be…and we hope these simple tasks and challenges will stretch each of us. leave comments as you engage yourself in these challenges.

SAVETHESLOTH THIS WEEK:
PRACTICE GENUINE GRATITUDE. EVERY DAY OF THIS WEEK, WRITE OR CALL AN INFLUENCIAL PERSON IN YOUR LIFE TO EXPRESS GRATITUDE AND THANKS.

Read Colossians 3:12-17:
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Gratitude is a lost discipline. the dictionary describes gratitude as “appreciation for benefits recieved.” it’s sometimes the first to go out the window in our busy, chaotic and hectic life. generally speaking, we are an ungrateful culture; we are consumed with ourselves, our needs, and our desires. we tend to be quick to notice all the things we don’t have…and all the areas we’re lacking in (whether they be financial, relational, spiritual, and/or physical issues.) however, at any given moment we are standing in a current of immense benefits recieved.

this week, take notice of the people around you that are deeply benefiting your life. There are men and women around each of us that are being used by God to build us, encourage us, and edify us. Scripture brings to the table this principle: when we genuinely express gratitude to those around us, we are in fact bringing honor and delight to God. in other words, we can authenticate our gratitude to God by expressing it to the ones around us.

there are easily seven people in your life that deserve your thanks and appreciation. write a letter, send an email, or pick up the phone and express your genuine gratitude to this person. it could be a pastor/minister, friend, author (may be harder to find contact info…but you can do it!), teacher, parent, etc. seven days…seven people.

begin to shift your thinking from all that you don’t have…to all that you do have.

(sidenotes: short emails with no thought defeat the purpose of this! don’t cheat…spend time each day really expressing deep, genuine gratitude to these people. go into detail and elaborate on your thankfulness. also, as you engage these challenges, post your comments on savethesloth.com. it’s essential for our community to learn from each other’s experiences.)

SAVETHESLOTH THIS WEEK

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we at savethesloth.com would like to offer a challenge. we’d like to challenge each of our readers to focus on a simple task each week. every monday morning, a “savethesloth this week” challenge will be posted here. we’re encouraging you to get out of your comfort zone, and begin the process of having your eyes opened to people, needs, issues, and ideas. we’re also asking you to drop us comments as you apply these things to your life each week. we at savethesloth.com will also be taking the challenge and leaving our own thoughts and progress each week. the goal is that we would be a generation that is fully awake to the things God has created us to be…and we hope these simple tasks and challenges will stretch each of us.

SAVETHESLOTH THIS WEEK:
HAVE A MEANINGFUL CONVERSATION WITH A STRANGER THAT SERVES YOU.
Think about how many people in your week have a job that requires them to serve you. Whether it be a waiter, a grocery sacker, or a bank teller, people are constantly serving you; most of the time you don’t even recognize it. Some easy ways to start conversations may be asking questions that require answers, asking about their day, and/or noticing something about them and offering a compliment. The challenge is to offer love, attention, and conversation to a stranger that serves you.