Today, I started K-Love’s 30 Day Challenge – something I’ve wanted to do for a while now. Starting a blog is also something I’ve wanted to do for a while now, and after a great amount positive motivation from the special people in my life, I’ve decided it’s time. And I can’t think of a better way to kick it off than with my journey through the 30 Day Challenge.
I’m already seeing positive results from the 30 Day Challenge. My favorite part of church has always been worship, and today so much of my time was devoted to worship through listening to K-Love. The sun was shining (and doing it’s best to melt away the late-season snow) and my walks to class were accompanied by praise for our glorious God. My workout at the gym was also more enjoyable while listening to K-Love. It’s as if God knew I needed to get my blood pumping, so during the hour I spent at the gym, K-Love continued to play only the most upbeat worship songs.
The verse of the day was Romans 10:13, “For ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’” Today was a reminder that I am saved, and dwelling in the Lord’s constant embrace always feel like a sunny day melting into springtime. I accepted Christ into my heart in sixth grade with my Sunday school peers at Lee’s Summit Christian Church, and it’s humbling to be reminded of what a life-changing decision that was.
And if my genuine, warm feelings of contentment weren’t enough to show me that the 30-Day Challenge does positively change your life, God worked through two strangers on campus who showed me random acts of kindness. At the gym, a sizable number of people were waiting for open lockers, and a girl who had been waiting long before me let me have the next open locker that was rightfully hers, an act that was clearly out of the kindness of her heart. Later in the evening, my card wouldn’t read on the credit card machine at Starbucks, and the employee graciously gave me my drink for free.
I finished out my day with a few girls from my Greek girls Bible study, and in my time spent with them, I couldn’t help but feel blessed that I have such great girls in my life. We attended a special lecture by Kate White, former editor of Cosmo and New York Times bestseller, and we planned on going to IHOP for free pancakes afterwards, but because the wait time was ridiculous, we ended up eating at a dining hall on campus. At the dining hall, each of us ran into friends from our respective sororities who also knew each other, and in that moment of mutual recognition, I knew I was loved.
My day came full circle because I loved and praised God and He showed me His love and goodness in return. I can’t wait to see the ways God continues to work in my life the next 29 days!