Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ice Buckets

I really thought I was going to make it through this ice bucket challenge without being called out on social media to partake.

But, it happened.

All I had to see was "ALS" and then my name, and I let out an audible, "Noooooo."

Kristina Warford is my friend, my MK teammate, a stellar photographer, and David's cousin. This girl is amazing. And when she nominated me for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, she rocked the selfishness right out of me.

Kristina's post: Erin Warford called me out for the ALS ice bucket challenge... I'm going to go against the grain. I believe we each have a disease in mind that hits closer to home. With that being said, I have decided to donate instead of dumping the water on my head. However, my money will go to the Alzheimer's Association in honor of my grandpa. I call out _____, ______, and Lindsay Warford to do the ice bucket challenge or donate in order to support a cause they believe in!!

How did this translate through the Lindsay-Filter: Get over yourself.

To be honest, I've had mixed feelings about the whole thing. At times I thought it was awesome and genius and a funny way to raise a lot of money. And at other times I thought, "These people don't get it. Do they even know what ALS is? Do they know what their dollars are actually going to be used for?"

I would argue that the vast majority of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the last couple of weeks did it primarily because they got to be a part of this social phenomenon. When you see little children dumping ice water on themselves (or on their parents), do you think they're doing it because they care about raising money for ALS? Some of them, yes, because their parents explained the situation to them. But a lot of them, no. They just thought it was fun. They wanted to be filmed with their parent's iPhone and posted to Facebook, too, just like everyone else. They wanted to be a part of it.

And you know, I think it's awesome that people are getting excited about a cause that wasn't getting enough attention and that they're doing something to be a part of changing that.

I get like that too every now and then. I walked the streets of downtown Atlanta and slept in the middle of GA Tech's campus to raise awareness for child slaves in Uganda. I didn't know EVERYthing about their situation or the organization that I was raising awareness with, but I was excited, and so were a bunch of other young adults. Sure, there were plenty of people who slept on the quad and on other college quad's whose hearts weren't moved by these children's plight. They just wanted to be a part of this crazy thing we were doing. But that was ok. They were still excited. And, because we were excited and did this strange thing that drew a lot of national attention, stuff started happening in Washington that made a difference for those kids in Uganda.

In a month, there will not be any more Ice Bucket Challenge videos on your newsfeed. And because of all the attention it got, maybe the money that's been raised these past couple weeks will be what makes a difference for ALS. Maybe these little kids will say when they're a little bit older, "Yeah, that ALS thing, we were a part of finding the cure for that!" Even though they didn't really understand it at the time.

You might get excited about running a marathon because you're a runner, but the fact that you'll also be contributing to finding a cure for breast cancer is really more on the back burner.

That's ok. You're getting excited about something, and you're using your excitement to make a difference. That's what we call "channeling."

But, I have to ask the question... Should it take being called out on social media to get us off our couches and opening our wallets?

Maybe we should just be good stewards of our resources on a regular basis without all of the extra attention.

There are so many causes that are dear to my heart.... Veterans and active military with PTSD, human trafficking, cancer, orphans, habit recovery programs...

What about you? Maybe it's animals, or access to clean water, or education. You've got something that stirs your heart. Is it going to take being called out on social media to get you to be a part of doing something about it?

Take a little friendly nudge from me and get over yourself.

I did.

*In response to Kristina's challenge, I am choosing to make a donation to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation in honor of Samantha and Lauren Fisk, Rick Newby, and our little neighbor Taylor, each of whom has lost a parent to pancreatic cancer during the last two years. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Sailing

Remember how I said I might get knocked off my feet if I threw a stick of dynamite in the hydroelectric dam I've built? The one that controls how much of God's blessings I want to receive?

Well, today it happened.

I was literally shaking in my sandals.

I prayed some specific prayers yesterday over my business.

I praised God for answering them, before they were answered. (picture stick of dynamite being thrown at giant, hydroelectric dam)

And then it happened... Panic. Doubt. Fear... The math didn't add up. How would I fit it all in? Would it pay off? How could ALL of these ladies say YES and not cancel? Would it be worth it? The hours in the car. The multiple tanks of gas. Somewhere deep inside I hoped people would cancel.

It was a thought birthed out of fear. Fear that made me feel like Peter. How could I be so selfish? So small minded? So stupid?

"How can I be like this?" I asked myself. "This is EXACTLY what I prayed for. I took God as my business partner. He is answering my prayers. How can I wish for Him to back out and leave it all up to me again?"

I was scared that I couldn't handle it all.

But I can do all things though Christ who gives me strength. (Phil. 4:13)

I thank God for giving me more than a life jacket to keep me above the rushing water pouring down on me - His blessings overflowing.

We're not meant to just ride them out. We're meant to do something with them!

You have to work a sail boat, right? You can't just turn the key like you can on a motor boat.

God's given us all sail boats - not life jackets. And we have to work them. You know with all of the ropes and knots and jive ho-ing! It's not a turn key situation!

However, no matter how good you are at the technicalities of sailing - you're not going to get very far if you don't have His wind in your sails.

My work effort alone won't get me to where I'm sailing. I have to rely on God.

"It might knock me off my feet at first! It might look scary and sound loud, but I'm not content to splash in a puddle when I could sail the seas."

Are you still splashing in puddles? Are you praying for a life vest? Or are you ready to sail? What's keeping you back? 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What a summer!

When I was a kid, I loved that show "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" I've caught myself thinking "Where in the World are David and Lindsay?" the past couple of weeks! We had the amazing opportunity to spend a short weekend in NYC a couple weeks ago with Dave Sr and Brenda (David's parents), Erin and Evan (David's sister and her fiancé), and our family friends Tom and Shirley.

Those of you who've been following Warford & Wife for awhile might remember my post about our anniversary trip to NYC a couple years ago. Although I've traveled around the world, I wasn't quite prepared for NYC in wintertime! You can read more about that trip here.

This trip was completely different. Tom and Shirley live in NYC and acted as the family tour guides. We had so much fun. David and I could literally feel our emotional tanks being filled during the fun, quality time we shared with family enjoying some picturesque moments in the city that never sleeps.

Experiencing my first Yankee's game definitely goes down as one of the coolest sports experiences I've ever had. And dinner in Little Italy... I felt transported!


Erin, Evan, Brenda, & Dave Sr!

Me and Shirley on the subway after the game!

Me and David in Little Italy after doing a little NYC shopping.

Two days after we flew back to Little Rock, my mom, Janet, flew into Little Rock too!

So proud of her! She's becoming an expert flyer!

The next day, she and I were off to Dallas to spend 4 days at Mary Kay's annual Seminar. Words can't describe what happened inside of me while we were down there. I'm still processing it all. Even my sweet mom is unsure whether or not I actually had a good time! I was overwhelmed, in the best way possible. I learned a lot. I was humbled A LOT. Like, to my knees in the middle of the night TWICE kind of humbled...

In between sessions at Seminar!

Celebrating many amazing women at the Diamond Seminar Award's Night!

I realized that I don't love people the way I'm called to. I pick and choose. I'm not called to be best friends with everyone, but I am called to love my neighbor, and I'm learning more about what that looks like. It's not easy. And, I realized I can't do it by myself. I can't LOVE the people I don't want to in my current heart's condition. But Jesus does love people. And, His Holy Spirit is in me... That means I can love the people I don't want to. It's a BIG piece of dry, egg-free/dairy-free/soy-free/gluten-free humble pie to swallow. But, I'm already seeing how it's better this way. I'm already starting to feel my heart soften for people that it doesn't come naturally to love.

While I was away, David continued burning the midnight oil working his two part time jobs. He's got a big test on Saturday that we'd appreciate your prayers over! I'm back to being busy with my day job with Dave Sr. (who is an amazing boss by the way!), and I'm working on going into directorship qualification in Mary Kay during the other hours of the day! I thought things would slow down when Fall semester started, but it looks like the momentum we've created this summer will continue through the rest of 2014!

From Auburn to Atlanta to North Carolina to NYC to Dallas to the far corners of Arkansas, it's been a busy summer. And, we've still got a lot to accomplish before 2015 arrives. : ) And, at least for me, a lot more growing to do.

I'll try not to be gone so long again dear readers. Thanks for checking back in... ; )