I used to live in San Francisco, CA while I was a part of YWAM. It was an amazing time in my life. It’s where I pretty much became who I am today.
One lesson that stuck with me was outward living. As in being conscience of others consistently. There were days that was exhausting. Waking up, cooking breakfast for 15 people (VERY hard for a non morning person), then spending time in class, having lunch, then having bible study, or ministry outings. Our outings consisted of serving/feeding/befriending the down and out in the tenderloin, praying for the city or others, serving hot chocolate, game planing outreach, helping an after school program in a gang run neighborhood, and trying to help out trafficking victims.
Not only were we ministry focused and intentional about our time, we also did life together as a group. Meaning someone wanted to go to Starbucks or Union Square so 6-15 people went with you. My whole world was lifting up others, being lifted by others and focusing our lives on hearing God’s heart.
Well flash forward to 8 years later. I currently own a house in Rancho Cucamonga, run a business, and spend as much time with my family as I can. Tons of things have changed, obviously, but one thing that changed and it breaks my heart to admit, is my intentional living.
I read this quote from my First5 app: Lord, shape my motives to line up with your will. -Leah Dipascal. And I was broken. When I was in SF I wouldn’t have had to pray this because my life was constantly this idea. I’m not so sure now.
SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?!
I’m making a change. I’m living intentionally (feel free to be my accountability) AND I’m running my business intentionally.
For me: I will be working on shopping small (supporting one-woman businesses, such as mine). And work on leading those learned values in my home.
For the business: 20% of session fees will be donated to charity. Starting off the donations will be split between human trafficking fighters, and childhood cancer.