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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: 5 Things I Learned from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

So, we all know that our news feeds have been blown up with this ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It has spread like wild-fire and has brought up all kinds of enthusiastic support, concerned opinions, and ethical controversies. But this post is not really about ALS or ice buckets. It’s about something deeper that I’ve observed through watching the phenomenon unfold.

1. People like to help others.
YAY. I love that so many people are anxious to rally around something that they believe will help others. One of the blessings of the internet is that we have so much more information about world issues at our fingertips and we are presented with ways to genuinely help. It thrills my heart to see people come together to help others – it is what we were created to do.

2.  [In General] It’s easy to jump on the bandwagon…
… without knowing where it’s going first! Social media has made it easier than ever to attach our name in support to all kinds of things by casually clicking “like” or “share”. The trouble is, clicking a button is SO easy, that many people (myself included) have at times fallen prey to supporting something they haven’t actually researched themselves. This is not a bash to the ALS Association at all – but I do wonder, how many people actually researched the org before preparing the ice water or committing to donate. Just a thought.

3. “Causes” are trendy.
For once, something meaningful is actually trendy. Charities, social justice, causes, helping people – is popular! Awesome. However, I worry about what it actually means for “causes” to be trendy. Are people really donating or wearing that org’s t-shirt because they are passionate about the mission or because they know it’s cool and feel better about themselves when they do? *It’s certainly not for any of us to judge one another.* (ahem, underline-highlight-star) BUT, a good question to ask of ourselves: What is truly my motive?

4. When we all pitch in a little, something MASSIVE is achieved!
The latest news says that the ALS Association has raised a little over $100 million. WOW. In about a month, 100 million dollars were raised by ordinary people all over the country chipping in a little. So often it’s easy to look at major world issues all around us and feel helpless and hopeless in solving them because they just seem too big. But look at what can be accomplished when thousands of people come together in unity over something! Not many people can afford to donate a large amount of money… but when each person donates just a little, whatever they can, it all adds up into being something beyond what each of us could do on our own. (I think there’s a bigger picture lesson here…)

5. What if… people were really challenged to do something.
This is the bottom line for me. If our hearts are really genuine about wanting to help people, about wanting to end disease, world hunger, and heart-breaking issues all over the world… why don’t we really do something?

What if we took all of the good that we’ve witnessed with the ALS challenge: the great intentions, the creative fun, the unity of community, the “nominations” which are encouraging others to make a difference too, and generosity, and put that towards the calling that God has specifically given you?

Each of us have been given special talents and gifts to use for God’s glory. And as we follow Jesus, He breathes a unique passion into our heart to serve the world in a specific way. Our purpose is to love God and love others (Matthew 22:37-39) – our mission is how specifically He is calling us to do that.

Perhaps you’re passionate about abolishing sex trafficking. Finding a cure for cancer. Digging wells for people without clean water. Adopting orphans. Mentoring troubled kids. Caring for the elderly. Serving the homeless. Mending broken families. Ministering to prisoners. Whatever. It. Is.

[[I challenge YOU.]] You have 24 hours to pray about this, consider what God is speaking to you, and take the first action step. It doesn’t have to be big, just one step. Then, whenever you’re ready, share your passion with others. “Nominate” (encourage) others to join you and to take up their own challenge in the callings they’ve received.

 

“… Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:17

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9

Announcing My New Weekly Series…

 

Hey friends! I’m excited to announce a new weekly series that I’m hosting called, “Coffee with Paige”! This is a casual show, shot in my home office, where I’ll be interviewing all kinds of different people who have amazing stories of how God has worked in their life. My prayer for this show is that it be an honest, fun, and meaningful time where you can hear from people whose stories will inspire your own.

A new show of “Coffee with Paige” will be posted every Tuesday, right here on www.paigeomartian.com.

I look forward to introducing you to our first guest and having you join us for coffee!

See you Tuesday!

Paige

 

My Upcoming Book… With Someone Special

The last few months I’ve been tucked away writing a book that truthfully, I’m still surprised to be a part of. I am incredibly honored to have the chance to write A Book of Prayers for Young Women with my amazing mother-in-law, Stormie Omartian.

Though, to be honest, I feel completely inadequate to have my words on the pages next to her’s, I am excited about the combination of the two of us writing this book. Stormie and I represent different generations coming together to pray through issues that deeply affect young women. Our desire is that this book would come alongside women at a crucial time in their life to lead them in prayer through the situations and issues they face.

A Book of Prayers for Young Women will be released in April 2013.

For more information… http://harvesthousepublishers.com/book/a-book-of-prayers-for-young-women-2013/

“Bestselling author Stormie Omartian partners for the first time with her daughter-in-law, Paige, in a brand-new book of prayers specifically designed to speak to the heart of young women.

Stormie is loved by millions for her ability to share powerful prayers that encourage readers to embrace a close and personal relationship with God. Paige shares that same desire to speak to teens and young adults as they step out into the adventures of their lives, covering daily events big and small with a few moments before the throne of grace.

This beautiful padded volume is full of Scripture, praise, prayers, and petitions a young woman can offer up over her own life and the lives of those she loves. A Book of Prayers for Young Women is perfect for personal use or as a gift to anyone who wants to grow in her conversations with God.”