I don’t know about you, but I often feel like there is way too much noise in my life. It is in these moments that I decide it’s time to de-clutter or I ask myself questions like “Do you feel fulfilled?” or “What’s your mission” and “Are you taking action to pursue it?”
It’s definitely a cycle I go through quite often, but I think it can be healthy if I use it to make progress and continuously discover how I’m growing, what I’m learning, how can I make a difference today. It’s the small things, the baby steps that will ultimately make a big difference.
“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” -Mother Teresa
Yesterday was one of those steps. My women’s bible study group formed a team for this year’s Relay for Life in Crownsville, Maryland. Funds raised went toward the groundbreaking research, information and services for those still fighting cancer.
“He has shown you what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” -Micah 6:8
Our team name, The Micah 6:8 Ezers, truly represents our small group, and we’ve decided to keep it for upcoming outreach events. Ezer (pronounced ay-zer) is the Hebrew term meaning “one who helps” or “warrior“. We choose to represent ourselves as warriors for justice, mercy, and God in everything we do. Relay for Life seemed like a perfect fit because we understand that cancer affects so many, including some close to us.
This event was challenging, lasting 12 hours from about 6:00 p.m. last night to 6:00 a.m. this morning. At least one team member had to be walking the track, but it was a great opportunity to fund raise at our campsite by selling homemade baked goodies and raffling off unique, DIY crayon art, created by one of our own team members.
I find that these small sacrifices, just one night of sleep, are worth it, because the world is so much bigger than you or me or our daily grievances. It was a reminder for me to be thankful for what already brings me joy. A few things:
- The support and love from my amazing sisters, who joined together for this occasion.
- My sister for showing me her strength, determination and making sure I get to see my baby niece whenever possible!
- Weekends at the beach and mini-golf with family.
- My husband for being the cutest nerd ever.
- My mom for her sacrifices for family… and bargain-shopping know-how!
- My dad for his unwavering love and trust in God’s promises, even when cancer tried to test us.
But our family is strong, and we overcame together, which is why walking for Relay for Life was truly a victory walk for us.
Thank you to everyone who supported our team! We couldn’t have done it without you. Keep reading for more outreach opportunities with the Micah 6:8 Ezers in the future!
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