Life.  Some see it as a randomly assigned smattering of days with no purpose.  Others believe in divine appointments they rarely keep.  For most, everyday...is ordinary.  But it doesn't have to be.   What if we dared to go the narrow way? Join me in taking THE FAITH DARE.

Caution: Participating in this challenge might force you to give up some of the things (people?) dearest to you. This challenge could change your life.  Join at your own risk.

Friday, February 12, 2010

THE FAITH DARE

Most days are the same for me: 

Get up.  
Open my closet and choose something to wear from my wardrobe of more than 40 shirts, 15 pairs of pants, and countless accessories.  
Eat half a bowl of cereal and pour the rest down the garbage disposal.  
Drive to school.  
Worry about grades and what people think of me.  
Drive home.  
Watch a movie I rented for nearly $5.  
Eat a dinner of approximately 1,000 calories (more than what some people around the world consume in a week).  
Study stuff about medicine the way the US does it (what is it? A trillion dollar industry?).  
Go to sleep in my queen-sized bed.  

Every day is comfortable.  Every day is ordinary.

Then I read this: "'...Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple...In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple'" (Luke 14:27, 33).  And I wonder, what cross am I carrying?  

Do I literally need to give up everything I own, leave my family, and move halfway around the world to serve God?

Maybe.  I don't know.  What I do know is this: It's not costing me much to follow Jesus.  Didn't He say it would cost everything?  Something is not computing.
Maybe it's time to recalculate.
Maybe it's time to dare to go the NARROW WAY (Mt. 7:13).

THE DARE: 
365 days of seeking out resolute trust, reckless faith, and radical obedience.
52 simple challenges with life-shattering consequences.
12 areas of my life (and yours if you choose to join me) exposed and revolutionized:
1. My (YOUR) personal relationship with Jesus
2. My (YOUR) 21st century idols and addictions
3.  My (YOUR) attitude toward unbelievers
4. My (YOUR) pride
5. MY (YOUR) MONEY
6. My (YOUR) possessions
7.  My (YOUR) time
8. My (YOUR) talents
9. My (YOUR) vanity
10. My (YOUR) ignorance
11. MY (YOUR) attitude toward the oppressed
12. My (YOUR) prayer life

Everyday does not have to be ordinary.  
Will you accept the challenge?
I dare you to count the cost.

The first dare will be posted on March 1st at www.faithdare.blogspot.com

{One dare a week}
{New area of life every month}

Leave a comment to COMMIT to take the challenge and join the FAITHdare team.  
Goal: 100 members taking the challenge
God's goal: a heck of a lot more than that

15 comments:

  1. Ok Abigail.
    Stepping out of my comfort zone, with a lot of prayer. Reckless Faith, like Hannah, Esther, Ruth and so many other amazing woman. Lets redeem the time that God has given us.
    Monica

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  2. Stepping up to the plate. God has been tugging at my heart, telling me that He has something more. Maybe through this I will see it.

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  3. I am a 39 year old father of 3 from Perth Australia. I am joining you on your faith dare!

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  4. I have two wonderful friend that are going to join me in this wonderful journey. We are looking forward to what God what is going to do.
    Monica

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  5. Hi Ash,

    Love this! I was looking for a way to contact you, but couldn't find one. Could you e-mail me at IamCindyMay @ gmail . com (no spaces). Thanks!
    Cindy

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  6. I'm feeling restless and wanting to serve God more. I'm ready for this adventure.

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  7. Abigail,
    I decided. I'm going to do this. :) Are you glad I finally stopped waffling about it? I think I need some extra accountability to stop being lazy spiritually.

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  8. I'm in! I feel like the past year has been a great start to doing this intentionally...thanks for the invite...praying thousands respond!

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  9. Hey Abigail,
    Christina let me know about this. I believe this is just the thing i've been needing to hold me accountable. Ready to be challenged.

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  10. Anonymous2/28/2010

    I'm going to try.

    Cara

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  11. Anonymous3/01/2010

    My prayer is to desire to desire the Trinity first and blessings second and prayer for that order to continue....in that order.

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  12. I'm with you, girl! Thanks for taking the lead on this. :)

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  13. We'll try to catch up!

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  14. Anonymous10/26/2010

    I'm starting this now... going to rearrange it to start today and last 1 year. :) thanks for this!!

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