It’s hard to believe that Christmas is only 15 days away. With so many November birthdays, Thanksgiving, and being back in school, Christmas has really snuck up on me this year. Instead of stressing about presents, Christmas cards, and other nonsense, I’ve decided to instead focus on helping others. There is so much uncertainty in the world right now. Between the recent San Bernardino shooting, ISIS, and the never ending war, there is undeniably a lot of fear and sadness. On top of this there are people in our own neighborhoods that are grieving, hungry, sick, or cold. It’s easy to get caught up in all the fear and sadness and become paralyzed by it. Instead, I’m trying to focus on the goodness all around me. I am grateful for so much. I believe that each of us can find gratitude in our hearts. If we can really focus on it and feel that gratitude, then maybe we can all be compelled to share it. What better way can we celebrate the true meaning of Christmas than by serving and loving others? What an amazing way to honor God during this special time of year. I hope that each of you will find gratitude in your heart and be open to ways that you can spread this joy. I realize that everyone doesn’t have money to give and that’s more than okay. Maybe your way to spread joy is through words of encouragement for someone in need, offering your time & service, or simply just being joyful with others you meet.
Last Sunday a group of girlfriends and I prepared and served food to a group of people in need. On Tuesday, another small group of us went to buy food for a church’s pantry to feed the homeless, and toys for children in the hospital. These small acts of kindness remind me how much I have, how grateful I am for my health and my family, and just how much more there is to do. Sure, life is never perfect. Each of us carries our own load but focusing on this only feels heavy and hopeless. Focusing on others feels hopeful, light, and fulfilling. I have asked God to utilize me as a tool to do some of His work. I know there is more for me to do, and I feel blessed to do whatever task, large or small, that He sets before me.
What is it today that you can do to spread some joy? Please share your stories- on my blog, on Facebook, anywhere. Lets help to lift each other up during this sad yet joyous time.