The ‘Non Ice Bucket’ Challenge

This evening .. During an encouraging chat with a friend … I was issued with a challenge …

Unlike the Ice Bucket Challenge, which was originally designed to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease and has in recent times become a Social media focus .. I was given something a bit more reflective rather than an action thing …

The challenge that my friend gave me was  ‘So……..when did you last love someone extravagantly?’…

I pondered deeply .. What does it mean to me – to love extravagantly ? Or to be loved extravagantly ?

First thing that comes to mind is stuff … Giving gifts .. getting a surprise gift .. and those things are good .. when someone cares about me .. thinks about my likes .. the things that bring me joy .. and surprises me with something that lets me know that I am remembered, thought about, cared about ..

Thoughts are now tick, tick, ticking away in my head … I have just ordered something for my husband for his Birthday .. I wanted to surprise him .. taking note of something that he would not buy for himself .. I researched so hard .. Found one in Italy ??? Italy of all places .. (good old eBay) … I purchased this model of a car that he loves (and we could never afford to buy the real thing) … It’s on it’s way .. won’t be here for his Birthday – but very soon after .. I printed a photo from the computer to place inside his card ..

So excited that I had put so much thought into this .. found the exact model and Hey- he would get a

H U G E surprise when I presented this to him …I was pretty darn pleased with myself too ….

Until

Apparently the screen saver on our computer is set to ‘My Pictures’… and when I saved that photo to print out and pop inside his card .. Well you guessed the rest – I walk into the computer room .. he is sitting at the computer .. smiling like a kid in a candy shop … and suffice to say – The model car is no longer a surprise .. Poo Bum …

This – to me – was a major disappointment … an ‘epic fail’ .. as they say ..

That is until H set this challenge ..

Now I see that in this case it is ‘the thought that counts’.. To make someone else feel like they count .. know that they matter … That they are thought about , cared about, loved …

To LOVE EXTRAVAGANTLY … doesn’t necessarily mean to BE EXTRAVAGANT ..

Just take a look at the Dictionary definitions of extravagant …. I think when my friend set this challenge – that she was talking about Number 4.

ex•trav•a•gant

(ɪkˈstræv ə gənt) 
adj.

1. spending much more than is necessary or wise: an extravagant shopper.
2. excessively high: extravagant prices.
3. exceeding the bounds of reason or moderation: extravagant demands.
4. going beyond what is deserved or justifiable: extravagant praise.
5. elaborate or showy.
6. Obs. wandering.
This got me thinking about how Jesus loved …
the kind of love that enabled Him to pray for the two men beside him in Luke 23:32-34

32 Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him. 33 When they came to a place called The Skull,e]”>[e] they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left.

34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”f]”>[f] And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.g]”>[g]

Now … THAT… IS … Extravagant love …

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