Practically Radical

In our goal to “Break the Rules,” we’re committed to living a radical lifestyle. Radical in that it follows what Jesus teaches in the Bible which often contradicts what the world says is good.

We’ve got two big dreams for our family. One is fostering to adopt which we hope to start the process in the next year. The other feels a little too big to put on paper right now so we’ll wait to see how the pieces work together in the coming years.

I feel like we’re waiting to get started with The Rest of Our Life. We’ve got these Big Important Ideas that are still a bit out of reach. It would be simple for us to be satisfied with that. We’re going to be radical in The Future, so right now, we can continue thinking and talking about counter-cultural ideas and feel good about ourselves because One Day we’re going to do Big Things. Without actually doing anything right now.

To make the most of the waiting, Nate and I have decided to contribute a set amount of money every paycheck to an organization, person or need in addition to what we tithe to our church.

I feel weird telling you that though because I grew up in Sunday School reading these words from Jesus in Matthew 4.

1“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

2“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

I struggle with sharing our charitable efforts, but here’s why I’ve landed where I have. Thanksgiving of 2016, a complete stranger posted on my local Facebook Yardsale site. She had a picture of all of the ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal and asked if anyone in need would like it. When I saw that picture, I was INSPIRED. It was so simple. I could do this. I had an infant at the time and no babysitters but I could go to the store and grab the ingredients. I would have never thought to do this had I not been encouraged by this stranger’s thoughtfulness. There’s a lot more to the story of how God used that simple post and a bunch of our friends to help bless EIGHTY families that Thanksgiving, but it all started with someone publically sharing their idea.

So for now, I share.

This ongoing series on our blog is called “Practically Radical.” 1. These are practical ways to be radical. We’ll share quick tips, links, and ideas for things we’re doing that you and your family could try as well. 2. It’s practically radical. As in almost, but not quite. We’re not saying we should sell everything we have tomorrow and give to the poor (although, it’s Biblical), but we’re helping you (and us) get our feet wet with the idea of living a life that goes against the grain.

I hope some of our ideas inspire you. Not because they’re earth-shattering, but because they’re so simple anyone can do them.

As we add to the collection, I’ll be sure to link all the posts on this page so you have a one-stop shop for simple ways to love on the world.

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Practically Radical Volume 1: Foster Care Support

Practically Radical Volume 2: Supporting City Schools

Practically Radical Volume 3: Teacher’s Edition, How I Changed the Dynamic of My Classroom with this Practice

Practically Radical Volume 4: Celebrating the Birthday of Children in Group Homes