#trashouttuesday / August experiment: focus on OTHERS!

It’s time for #trashouttuesday and I’ve decided to do another little experiment: spend the month of August focused on trashing out SELF and thinking more of OTHERS!

Care to join me?

I started reading a book this week that has inspired me to try small things in my life that God can use to encourage others and myself along the way.

It’s called Twirl by Patsy Clairmont.

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Here is the book summary from the inside cover:

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I love that part that says: “How I love that we can’t be too old, too broken or bruised, too tired or tattered for God to work in us!”


I’m keeping this August experiment simple (because HELLO August is going to be a bit crazy around here!!).

Each Tuesday I will blog about 1 thing we can all try during the week to benefit someone else. My inspiration will come from the small chapters in the book Twirl.

I love this quote that Patsy shared in her book:

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – John Bunyan

Let’s all do that!!

Week 1 Challenge:

“Give away something you value. Expect nothing in return. It will decorate your heart with a smile you can’t wipe away.” [Twirl, pg 24]

Here’s what I’m giving away: earlier today I was thinking about a friend of our family that just graduated high school and is about to leave for college. I haven’t gotten her a gift yet and need to do that before she leaves later this month. As I thought back to some of my favorite graduation gifts when I was starting college, they were actually devotional books. I lived on those truths those first few years of being out on my own and learning the art of responsibility.

There was one devotional book that I actually purchased myself my freshman year that was one of my favorites. It is called “Streams in the Desert”. I have notes and underlines all in this book. I really feel like God is nudging me to give my copy of the devotional book to this young lady. I want it to provide truth and guidance for her in these critical years like it did for me. And maybe I’ll add her in a little gas money so she doesn’t think I’m totally a loser for giving her a used book as a graduation gift šŸ™‚

How about you? What one thing of value can you give to someone else this week? Ask God to prompt your heart. And then…DO IT! Let me know if you’re in via the comments below and what you plan to give away!

And then let’s get smiles on our hearts that can’t be wiped off, shall we?

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16 replies to “#trashouttuesday / August experiment: focus on OTHERS!

  1. Well I guess this doesn’t totally count as giving, but my uncle passed away a couple weeks ago, and he had a dachshund that he adored to death. If you know me, you know I adore them as well! Well he asked me before he died if I would take her and give her a great rest of her life, well this is her 3rd night with us and I’m so in love and know my uncle would be so happy to know she is happy!! But I will try to think on this challenge and give something of value away, I promise!

    1. Meghan, I love that you shared this. No, it isn’t giving of an actual item, but you are giving of your home and time to do something that matters to someone else! I’m so sure your uncle is smiling down knowing that you are taking good care of her!!! And I have no doubt you will find something to give away too šŸ˜‰

  2. I already know what I’m giving this week. My daughter, who just graduated college will be teaching for the first time. We will be together at the same school. The other day I found two devotional books that I received when I first began my career – 26 years ago! I decided to keep those out to give to her. As I was reading this I remembered that and decided to include one other thing. When I was student teaching I received two of the most delicate, breakable, some sort of ceramic, (get my point – they are fragile) and I have always taken such care of them but each year I am surprised they made it again in a room full of seven and eight year olds. So, one of those is going to Mary Kait along with the books. Deuteronomy 16:17
    Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you. I’m so excited to do this tomorrow and I’m looking forward to next week. I’m also going to order the book. Thanks Starr!

    1. Love love love this!!! What an awesome gift to pour into your daughter that she will treasure for years to come! Thank you so much for joining us and sharing with everyone what your plans are!!

  3. Oh gosh. Do I have something of value that someone would want? I am going to have to think on this. Please please please, everyone please post your ideas!


  4. I’m going to have to think on this…I LOVE the idea. Will let you know what I come up with!

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