As my two youngest boys are currently sleeping, I just had to do a post on what we did today. The reason they are exhausted is that it is VBS week at our church, and they are getting to bed a bit later than usual. True to form (for my kids, at least) they were all up at a little after 6 in the morning. Then, late this morning, we finally went up to Water Street Ministries in Lancaster to donate our Hope Totes, a project we’ve been working on for a few months. My Dad, who is a men’s chaplain there, also had lunch with us and gave us a grand tour of the facility. As we pulled out, my oldest kids commented on how good it felt to just give things away. Yes, it does, I agreed with them. Then a prime “teachable moment” struck me. The theme for our VBS is Water to the World, and also teaches that if you refresh others, you will be refreshed. I was able to relate what we were learning in Bible school to what we experienced by giving to others. Though our gift was very tangible, you can refresh others by giving of your time, talents, or spiritual gifts. In this way you can not only bless, or refresh others, but be refreshed yourself in the process!
For the back story on our Hope Tote project, check out my Couponing for a Cause post from several months back. I plan on continuing to collect items as I get good deals with coupons and sales.