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The “How Can I Help” Project

My mind raced as the warm March pavement blurred beneath my angry running shoes. Deep in my stomach I felt completely unsettled, like my life plans had eaten a Fiery Habanero Taco Bell Burrito and I was paying the consequence. Lately, life has just kind of… sucked.

Quietly I’ve been struggling through a really difficult year. I’ve been angry, really angry. I’ve been prideful and sad. I haven’t consistently felt alive – which is the whole point of this blog thing I do. Last week, as in all inspiring stories about 26 year old’s who still have acne, I looked at myself in the mirror and said, “get it together.”

so here goes.

Beneath my struggle is ANGER, oceans of anger in a number of areas, but most specifically at a few churches for all the hours I had served and yet, in my hours of need I was ignored, lied to, and under appreciated. On my run I suddenly realized that these struggles were not what was truest about me. Then, a desperate pray left my heart and slowly floated up towards the sky like lost balloon:

God, remind me who I am. Help me release this frustration and get back to what is truest about me.

A few steps later, I remembered this incredible quote by Ghandi:

The best way to find yourself is in service to others.

Perhaps, I was spending too much energy on the failures of the church instead of focusing on my true desire to be a part of The Church – that is leading a life that points people to Jesus. And then it hit me like a falling piano from three stories above:

What if I committed to helping one person, every single day for the month of April?

What might change in my attitude towards the world?

What new experiences my God have for me if I step out in faith?

I went home and immediately made this video:

Then I chickened out for a few days. Now I’m going for it. So my friends I ask you:

How Can I Help?

Seriously. Send me an email or leave a comment below. Help share this video to get the word out. Let me know if you or I am also putting this video on Craigslist (yikes!) as I commit to sending out as much love and service out into the universe as possible. I want to find a crazy combination of helping people I know and complete strangers.

Please pray for me during this next crazy adventure. See you in 30 days!

Love, Sam

Now that the project is finished, click the posts below to read about my progress:

Day 1-5

Day 6-11

Day 12-18

Day 19-25

Day 26-30

Final Video


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19 comments

  1. Sam,

    This is a beautiful idea!

    Godspeed through the month of April.

  2. I don’t know anyone else who is as proactive as you about finding new ways to live. It is awe-inspiring to me that when you have been struggling through a difficult year, you choose to find something new to do, something that will inspire you and others.
    I am sad that you have been silently struggling, and awed by your response. I want to be part of helping you, and I will definitely sign up to be helped, as well!

  3. When I was a child, it seemed like adults had all of the answers. The older I get, the more I realize that is completely false. One thing I DO know – even on the days when I’m angry, exhausted, annoyed, or just feeling plain selfish – if I decide to show up and open up to whatever God has in mind, I am so much more conscious of how he is working in and around me. A couple years of service environments have been the biggest example of that. 🙂

  4. This is a great idea, Sam! Best of luck in this and I will be praying for you! Blessings from #bloggercaregroup 🙂

  5. Sam! YOU Are going to have so much fun!!

    This is awesome!

    @spreadingJOY
    Marie

  6. Sam, I love this! Great idea! I can’t wait for stories! Blessings!

    • Deb-

      Thank you so much for sharing my project on your blog. It was such a beautiful piece you wrote and perfectly describe the heart behind my project. Thank you for all you do sending God’s love and positivity out into the world!

  7. Sam: I so enjoy reading your blogs and seeing your heart that is always willing to serve God through helping others in ANY way possible! That is such a wonderful way to live, and I thank you for your inspiration. God is certainly working through you in a powerful way. May God continue to direct you and bless you!

  8. Sam, not only will you be blessing others by helping them, you will also be blessed by doing so! I loved your video. It made me smile. I too have been struggling a bit lately…would love to have coffee with you (that’s how you could help me) but I think that might be difficult since you’re in MN and I’m in NJ. LOL. So when I have my coffee tomorrow morning, I will be thinking of you and praying for an awesome month as you help others! Can’t wait to hear the stories. 🙂

    • I would love to have coffee sometime… I’ve never been to Jersey! 🙂 Thank you for the thoughts and prayers!

  9. This is awesome! I am sharing your message. It’s a really great one 🙂 I am in an Outreach committee in my church and we are working to connect our members with more opportunities to serve in our community. Your message comes at the perfect time for me. Thank you!!

    • Hi Michelle,

      Thank you so much for sharing this message! It has been an awesome adventure. So nice to make a new blogging friend. Bless you and your ministry!

  10. What a brilliant idea! So generous and selfless. Really, what we need to make the world a better place is to make a difference to one person at a time. Act of kindness and love.

    I hope more people will emulate this.

  11. Sam! You are such a treasure! I can’t wait to hear your adventures! So exciting!!!! When I was “younger” – 🙂 , I went through a time of depression after my mom, and then our 2 year old daughter died. I remember struggling to have any energy to care about myself- much less anyone else. I asked my Aunt- “How do I get out of this funk? I hate living this way.” She said, “When I’m having a tough time, I reach out to others I know are having a tough time. All the sudden, my problems don’t seem so big.” This has helped me so many times over the years. Look for someone to bless!

  12. You have already helped me by commenting on my blog! You encouraged me! God will greatly bless you as He helps you be a blessing to others! #bloggercaregroup

  13. I love this idea. You have such a kind and giving soul.

  14. I love how bold this is, Sam. I think we all like to consider ourselves helpful, but to go out there and advertise that you want to help people is amazing! I commend you, brother. I pray it’s going well for you and that the Lord has blessed you through this.

    • Thanks Colin! It has been an incredible journey. God has blessed me immensely through it! I am working on a post featuring all that I have learned. So glad to have you as a blogging friend.

  15. Hi Sam,

    My name is Jeni, we’re friends on facebook though we don’t really know each other. A couple of my best friends are Jaime Ballard and Christina Meikle. I’ve been watching your posts show up for your blog and then for this new project and I’ve felt so uplifted and inspired. I think you have a kind soul and share such light with others. Tonight I was watching this beautiful video about the story of Peter and the apostles going fishing after the Lord was crucified, and the conversation about love and ‘feed my sheep’, that followed. For some reason you came to mind and I thought I’d share a couple things that bring me closer to the Savior, that maybe might bring you happiness too . One, the video that I mentioned: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2012/10/the-first-great-commandment?lang=eng&media=video#watch=video. And the second is called the Book of Mormon. You’ve probably heard of it from our mutual friends, but it has the most wonderful stories of remarkable prophets teaching and testifying of Jesus Christ. And it’s free to read online : https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm?lang=eng . Anyway, just some thoughts. I’ve loved reading your updates, I wanted to give something back. Thank you for your willingness to share who you are and be a source of hope for those around you