I'm starting a series of Christmas giving. Each day I will go out of my way to help someone else. The point isn't to talk about the "good things" I'm doing, so for most days, I will leave that out. Rather, I'll focus on my heart attitude surrounding that day's act of kindness. I think it's time I put less focus on the ABC Family "25 Days of Christmas" and more focus on sharing Christ's love this season. So I'll be posting roughly every week and I hope you'll consider taking the challenge with me. Get a notebook or start a Word doc. and see what God does in your heart this season. Merry Christmas and enjoy reading about my 25 Days of Christmas Kindness:
1: Ok, I just made this commitment. I should probably stick to it. But I am so tired....Alright, I gave someone grace in a little thing they did that bothered me. Does that count as a "good deed?" Can it please count? I'm so stressed.
2: Today, I gave someone permission to use something of mine and definitely had a hard time following through with it. I keep wanted to rescind that offer and it's only been a few hours. I definitely need to keep my mind fixed on Christ with this one-- my fleshly nature is screaming "be selfish!"
3: It's only the third day and I already failed my challenge. I don't remember going out of my way to specifically help someone on this day. It's a good wakeup call regarding my own intentions and how I spend my time. It's easy to get stressed out about my final exams-- which was the case on this day, when I had miniscule "free" time all day-- and forget that if I'm that stressed, other people must be feeling that way too! I need to get outside my own little world.
4: Didn't do anything this day...I'm starting to think I'm not very good at this "selfless giving" thing.
5: Today was good, it was from the heart and I felt really good about it. I learned that a small gesture goes a long way, and everyone loves a good cup of tea :)
6: Ok, this was by far the most fun act of giving yet. All the Butler athletes wrapped up shoebox gifts for local children. It was so enjoyable to do, but it also made me wonder how much of my selfless acts I've been doing for other reasons. Whether it be "fun" or to feel good about ourselves, it's so easy to get away from the real motivation to show love towards others.
7: Mondays are rough, really rough. But I set myself a reminder to go out of my way to help someone, and I was able to do so by encouraging a friend by listening to their struggles, even when I really didn't want to. I can't imagine how Jesus listens intently to the trials and pains of everyone in the world, but I wanted to have His heart as I related to my friend.
I could blame exams or my cold or my injury, but the truth is: This week showed me that my heart is quick to focus on myself and in need of a spiritual tune-up. My struggles should be motivating me to love others even more, because I know how difficult things might be for them. I'm really appreciating this 25 days already! Check out the next week's segment (part 2) HERE.
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