“Would you like a spot of tea with that scone?” This is the question I wanted to ask when I went with my sister to An English Flower Cottage. This small eclectic florist in the small town of Hendersonville, NC is providing the flowers for my sister’s wedding this weekend, and we went down there to solidify some last minute details. After the florist offered me a seat, I had to explain to them why I’m not using furniture. It was pretty funny to say the least.

What really made my experience at the florist interesting, is when they began trying to figure out what I’m going to do at the reception. “Will you sit at the table?” “How are you going to cut a filet if you’re holding your plate?” “It’s a good thing you didn’t do 10 Days Without Shoes during the wedding, barefeet would have ruined the pictures!”

Needless to say, my sister’s wedding began to take the back-burner to my sitting on the floor. And that’s when I realized a very important thing; sometimes our good intentions, a desire to help, and even committing our lives to a cause can actually take away from others. Although inspiring people to help rescue missions is a very noble cause, I don’t want to take away from my sister’s big day.

So this is what I’m going to do: I’m going to respect my sister during the wedding day, and only go without furniture where she approves. If they want me to sit down so they can take pictures, I will sit down (I don’t want to ruin a picture of the reception by being the only guy standing). I just wanted to share this with you so you know what’s going on. I will still be doing everything I can to not use furniture, but I’m not going to take anything away from my sister during the wedding day.

The challenge: research your local rescue mission or Salvation Army and donate furniture, volunteer for a day, or figure out another way to be involved. Comment below and share with us what you did and what you learned in the process. If you want to donate money, you may do so by clicking here.

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