Before I can talk about how I will implement Rachel’s 5 challenges in my life, I need to explain what the 5 challenges are and where they came. Rachel Joy Scott was a devout Christian believer who was murdered on April 20, 1999 in Columbine High School by two of her classmates mainly because of her faith, along with about a dozen other souls. She inspires me because of her commitment to her beliefs and her devotion and desire to help hurting people know God’s love. These 5 Challenges, called Rachel’s Challenge(s), are 5 tenets that characterized how Rachel lived according to those who knew her best—her family— and are inspiring people all over the world, including me, to live like Rachel did. I want to share how I personally want to implement these 5 challenges not because I want to brag or be all holy-moley or something, but because I want you the reader to hold me accountable and because I want to see more and more people know the magnitude of Christ’s love not only through me, but through other people as well. I probably won’t be perfect at this (CORRECTION: I know I won’t be perfect at this, but I strive to do the best I can at living these 5 tenets every day for the rest of my life.)
These are the 5 Challenges and below each one is how I plan to implement them in my life:
1.) Look for the Best in Others
I plan to use one of my personal credos (from the last post I did) in order to help me live this tenet—Never throw out anyone. I will strive to never give up on someone, unless my safety is in danger or the other person gives up on me. I will always strive to help someone in need, and to look for the good in everyone, even those who sometimes (or oftentimes) give me a difficult time. This may mean getting to know them better by asking them how they view life, how I can be praying for them, and what I can do to relate to them better. I will strive to thank anyone that does anything good for me or for another person. I will let more people in my life know that they are appreciated and loved by me.
2.) Continue to Dream
I will strive to be the best I can every day, and think of new ways to glorify Christ in my work and at home. I will try my best at everything even if it costs me, and even if at first I feel like giving up and giving in. I will set goals for myself and reward myself when I accomplish them. I will live each day with a purposeful attitude. I will continue to dream of better days when things get difficult and when things are good. I will continue to hope.
3.) Be a Positive Influence
I plan to strive to be a positive influence in others’ lives. I will continue praying everyday that I would show the light of Christ at home and at work and not be my selfish, sinful self. I will commit myself to show more humility when I am corrected or when I do something sinful, and quickly repent of that sinful action or attitude. I will try to be an encouragement to at least one person everyday, whether at home, work or elsewhere. I will strive to work hard in everything I do, not doing anything with a half-hearted attitude. I will pray and work to be more like Christ everyday.
4. ) Speak and Act with Kindness
I will strive to be more conscious to make sure my words and actions are, in fact, kind. I will continue to write encouraging notes to people at work when I see they need it. I will share encouragement, whether it be song lyrics, a kind word, or doing something tangibly kind for others, not to only feel good about myself, but to let them know about God’s love for them and that they are valued and loved by me. I will apologize if I speak or act in ways that are unkind and/or unChristlike, and strive to make amends to the person or the persons I offended.
5.) Start your own Chain Reaction
By doing these four other things, I hope to start a chain reaction, where others will be happy to follow my lead and create what I call, ” A Generation of Kindness,” where ultimately (maybe also in eternity) everyone around me will feel loved and valued not only by God and me, but by all those around them. I will encourage others to “pay it forward” when I do something nice that they appreciate, so that others in their life that I may not know will be able to experience the same blessing from them that I gave them.