Learn more about all the Challenge cards out in circulation.
We will put out more & more over time. Also feel free to print these out to give out to your friends. Have any suggestions? Send them our way!
Each card has a story behind it. Each card is also based on what it actually means to follow the teachings of Christ instead of the misguided, misinterpretations that take scriptures out of context and therefore support hatred, isolation, and arrogance. Christ came to be a game changer, and he did that by loving the "unlovable", but hugging and eating with the "untouchables", and by inviting the "outsiders". Everyone is human and everyone is deserving of love and basic respect.
Challenge Card #01: Buy a stranger a meal
1 John 3:17-18
"But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth."
Community is built around one of humanities more primitive, and vulnerable needs - sustenance. Entire tribes, social contracts, cities, nations are created around a basic understanding that we all need to eat so we may as well cooperate and collaborate. Hospitality, food & drink, are everything short of synonyms of each other. Anthropologically we can see how food and drink has been involved in key eras of the history of the world. Mead and the early forms of beer being developed as a result of more permanent residence in a community (and subsequent storage of barley, wheat, oats etc.). Sharing a beer especially took off as beer was safe to drink whereas water was too contaminated.
We see the emergence of coffee coming in clutch surrounding the enlightenment period as great thinkers gathered and discussed ideas over coffee - a drink that carries the social warmth of sharing a drink with a companion, but without rendering one incapable of coherent thought.
Sharing food and drink involves sharing one's precious resources. Accepting food and drink involves entrusting your host with your well-being (making sure food and drink is safe to consume). There is a bizarre intimacy that surrounds sustenance.
The early Church recognizes this and takes this a step forward. Instead of simply choosing to cooperate and collaborate with each other in regards to hospitality, we are called to go a head and extend a hospitable hand to those whom have nothing to offer us back and/or without any expectation of them owing us anything.
While feeding the homeless is definitely a way that this is implemented, this card looks at the more primitive intimacy behind food and drink and challenges us to simply go out of our way to buy a stranger a meal. Show them unexpected love. Perhaps share a meal with them and verbally share love that matches your actions.
Challenge Card #02: Do something nice for someone with a service job
"You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love."
When we actually look at the highlights of Jesus's ministry, we see that he loved us. Truly loved us and he showed that best through his acts of service. He was constantly feeding and healing others. He brought the kingdom of God to earth and showed us how to live. He really highlighted servant leadership.
Therefore we thought we could take this idea and use it to give thanks to those who literally serve for a living. Often these types of jobs go unnoticed and we believe that part of what it means to love, is to acknowledge those who are not acknowledged. So we made this card to challenge ourselves, and our community to love and serve, those who serve on a daily basis.
So go take a case of waters or Gatorade. Maybe make a big thank-you card with a bunch of signatures. Get a bouquet of flowers. Whatever you decide - get creative - go and bless those with a service job!
- Construction Workers
- Sanitation Workers
- Emergency Service
- Get a thank-you card with 20+ signatures
- Buy a pack of cold Gatorade
- Give flowers
- Give fresh cookies/brownies
- Buy a gift card
- Bring birthday balloons (if you know of a birthday)