Giving Day 1 - Planning
Pray: "Lord, on this first day of my Giving Challenge, it's all about planning and setting myself up for success. I recognize all I have belongs to You. I want to give You the first and the best of my time, talent and treasure. I look forward to what You are going to do as a result of my commitment to putting You first in my life!"
Read Psalm 24:1-6 out loud.
Think through your 5 most valuable possessions that you own. Put them in front of you if you can (shoes would be easy but a car would be difficult). List these 5 things and write THINGS I OWN at the top of the list. Change the title of your list from THINGS I OWN to THINGS GOD OWNS.
Think about the next 7 days. Where within those days could you give an hour of your time to serve? Maybe you help your family with a project or a grandparent cleaning. Maybe you serve at your church or a homeless shelter. Write down some ideas and pick one to plan on. Plan ahead by writing down the day and time when you will serve.
Think about the next 40 days. What can you give up within those days in order to save at least a $1/day? Maybe you can give up an extra coffee you don't really need each day. Maybe you can give up buying your lunch at work one day a week. Maybe you can give up eating out as a family once a week. Plan ahead by writing down what you will give up and how much money you could save by doing so.
The $1/Day challenge will require discipline so an easy reminder will help. Plan ahead by finding a container (like a jar, milk jug, etc.) to hold your dollars and place the container in a prominent spot so you won't miss it (kitchen table, dresser, etc.). Now put a $1 into it.
Remember the vision and why you are doing this: in 40 days you will give $40 to help those in need!