And I especially love the season of giving that Christmas brings.
I think it's a time of year that typically causes us all to want to give back. To do something. To make changes. Of looking beyond ourselves for ways to give....and I love that.
But, I can't help and wonder....what if we could be this passionate about looking beyond ourselves, and giving back, every single day?
Because every day a family goes without clean water.
Every day a single mom is struggling for the will to go on.
Every day a father is fighting to keep his electricity on.
Every day a baby is forgotten, untouched, unloved.
Every day a child goes hungry.
Every day a girl is kidnapped into sex trafficking.
Every day someone goes through their day, thinking they matter to no one.
Every. Day...not just for a season.
Don't get me wrong. I am all for allowing this season of thanks and of giving, to be a time to reflect, to give back, to teach our children that there is a greater need out there. To acknowledge these needs and that there is a world in search of what we have to offer.
Please, let this be a time to teach them that. To remind ourselves of that. Let this be a time where we stop the rush of life and take the time to love, give and bless.
But please, don't let it stop after the season is gone.
Give yourself every day.
Teach your children always.
Never stop learning and growing.
Keep looking outside yourself for ways to do something.
If we could let this be our every day, our norm, our life.... how different would our world be?
There is so much we can do.
So much more I can do.
I'm praying for God to show me more ways to make a difference. To teach my children. To love my husband. To be a ministry within my own home, while reaching beyond these 4 walls.
I used to think my small part could never be enough. But it is that exact thinking that keeps us frozen within ourselves, our bubbles, our safe place where all is well. I don't want to stay there. I don't want to turn a blind eye to the needs of the every day only to acknowledge them when it's convenient or expected....or worse, never acknowledge them at all.
You may ask yourself, "what do I have to give? I am just one person."
You have everything to give.
You have you.
So let this season spark something in you...
And then let it drive you forward, each and every day.