After meditating on that scripture, I decided that this year we would do more than just transform a dozen Styrofoam cups into candy-filled baskets; this year, I would issue my own May Day Challenge. So, this morning as the whole family sat around the breakfast table, I slipped away and placed five brightly-colored baskets on the front step. (I guess I am called away from mealtimes so often to help with potty breaks, change diapers or find another roll of paper towels that no one noticed I'd left the table!) I rang the doorbell, slipped back through the garage door and stepped into the kitchen in time to see the kids dancing about with their personalized May Day baskets in hand.
"Wow! Who left us these?" Hannah wondered aloud.
"These aren't from the neighbors," Liz quipped.
After the kids unpacked a few dollar store treasures and a king-sized pack of their favorite candy, they discovered a ten dollar bill wrapped up in a piece of white paper. As they unfolded the paper, the Bruxvoort crew read their challenge:
In the tradition of giving
On this first day of May,
Use the money in your basket
To brighten someone’s day.
Ask the Lord to show you
Just who could use a lift,
Then bless them with the thrill
Of an unexpected gift.
But here’s the May Day Challenge:
Don’t get caught when you give,
For passing blessings on in secret
Is the BEST WAY TO LIVE!
I could see the wheels turning as the kids began to think about the challenge set before them. We've established May 31 as our deadline for secret giving. I can't wait to see what the right hands do when their left hands aren't looking! Of course, if my handful is totally secretive, I may never know!
Today's Treasure: How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying His commands...They share freely and give generously to those in need. -Psalm 112: 1,9