The thing I have loved about this blog train is seeing how each ambassador has been affected by the Noonday mission.
Most of you know, I am one of the newer ambassadors. And I don’t have a story about how my life changed on a mission trip, or how my life changed because I adopted an orphan. But I DO have a story of change in my heart, and I really want to share that with you today.
You might know that I am not the best when it comes to “in person” communication. I think my fear of people, phone calls, and the UPS man has been well documented. So when I felt a tugging at my heart to become a Noonday Ambassador, I was nervous to say the least.
I am not programmed to approach people about hosting trunk shows.
I am not programmed to stand in front of a room full of women and talk.
I am not programmed to answer my phone when it rings. HELLO…THAT’S WHY TEXTING WAS INVENTED — for awkward people like me. (turns out, that doesn’t work for Noonday Ambassadors — you could potentially miss out on an order or someone who wants to know more about the mission and help)
But I have found that by advocating for our artisans, I am able to be bold. It’s easier to answer the phone or stand up in a room when I know that this is bigger than me.
However — this is kind of about me too.
Because by opening my heart, by stepping outside of my comfort zone, I am finding that my heart is changing.
I am finding that I have lived in a bubble. A well intended bubble, but a bubble nonetheless.
I’ve always thought that a world changer had to be extreme.
I always thought that to be a world changer, you had to give up everything that gives you pleasure, strip down to bare essentials, and adopt a child from Ethiopia.
I thought that someone like me, who is far from perfect, who spends money on frivolous things, and who can barely handle the two children I have, was not good enough to be a world changer.
And what I have discovered is, that could NOT BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH.
Helping others is NOT AN ALL OR NOTHING THING. World changer does not mean martyr. There is not some secret “good people” club that screens you on your knowledge of politics and does an inventory of how many items in your home are not Fair Trade.
World changers start with a baby step. And that is okay.
My journey with Noonday has opened my eyes. It has made me reevaluate my priorities and the priorities of my family. It has made me thankful for the blessings that I never realized were blessings. It has also led to more baby steps — not just for me, but my family as a whole.
Currently, we are examining the excess and waste in our home, and trying to sell or donate the things we do not use. Ain’t nobody got time for hoarding, am I right?
We have agreed as a family to give up going to eat after church a few times a month in order to sponsor a child from World Vision.
Jon David has made a goal to set aside a small part of his allowance every week until he has $50 to send to Charity: Water. This was a charity of his choosing. The fact that tens of thousands of kids UNDER THE AGE OF FIVE die every week due to lack of clean water? It’s unfathomable.
We have set a goal as a family to be intentional about doing one nice thing for someone every week, and sharing it with each other. It can be something as simple as taking a dinner to someone, playing with a lonely kid on the playground, or calling someone to give a compliment. It all counts.
We have decided to ask for new toys and pajamas in lieu of gifts for Lucy’s first birthday, which will be donated to the local Salvation Army for Christmas. People — she’ll be a year old. She doesn’t need seventy eight toys.
Does this mean that I will not be throwing a ridiculous, Pinterest inspired birthday party? Of course not.
Does this mean that I will never buy something I don’t really need? I wish, but sadly…no.
The point is, we are being more intentional about opening our hearts and acknowledging the blessings that have been bestowed upon us.
Where will this lead?
I’m not sure.
I’d love to say that it will lead to a mission trip (that is a goal), or adoption (not currently a goal), or an epiphany that results in a radical, radical act that forever changes me and my family.
But maybe it won’t. Maybe all that will happen is, I will be a better person. A more thoughtful person, a more loving person, and a more generous person.
And that is okay too.
So please — don’t be fooled into thinking that you aren’t big enough to facilitate change. Don’t think that your contribution, no matter how small, cannot change a life. You’d be surprised at how a baby step will not only touch others, but change your whole world.
And now — in the spirit of giving — I am giving away $50 to spend on handmade accessories from the Noonday Collection!!
If you haven’t checked out my Noonday Website yet, I encourage you to do so. The accessories are beyond beautiful, but the story of the company is even more so. There are so many talented people in the world — it truly blows me away.
And shopping Noonday or hosting a Noonday trunk show is a way YOU can be a world changer. Purchasing a necklace might not seem much to you, but that necklace is someone’s livelihood — someone who lives amongst trials that most of us can hardly imagine.
To enter to win, just use the widget below.
Be sure to check out the other sites on the blog train this month for opportunities to win Noonday items!!
Thanks for entering and good luck!!