Tag: #kindnessmatters

Merry Christmas All Year Long!

Hospitals and shelters are joyfully overwhelmed with toys and clothing.  Family services agencies are bombarded with calls wanting to give to those who need a little extra help to bring Santa to their children.  Soup kitchens have volunteers galore to make sure everyone has a warm meal.

I love this time of year and the feeling of the spirit of giving!  These kind gestures and donations are absolutely wonderful. People are kinder; even more patient it seems.

Think about how awesome it would be if everyone kept this donating spirit alive all year long.   Can you imagine how much of a difference we would make in the world?

Take the Make A Difference To Someone Every Day challenge and see how long you can keep it going.  What will you do to keep the Christmas spirit alive today and in the coming months?

The Misfit Movement.

In the original Christmas classic, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Rudolph visits a land of misfits where everyone is very unique but feels as though they don’t fit in with the rest of what the world deems “normal”.

As I’m sure you know the story line, Rudolph’s misfit nose saves Christmas and becomes the icon to lead Santa’s journey every year since.  It seems what made Rudolph different is also what made him stand out for good.

The Bible tells us in Romans 12:2 that we are not to conform to this world but rather be transformed by the renewing of our minds.  In other words, we are to be misfits in this world as we stand out for Christ.  It’s when our Christianity shines brightly that we are able to lead this world of negativity back to the light of Christ.

So don’t worry that you don’t fit in with this world.  God created us to be misfits – misfits for Him. Won’t you join me in the Misfit Movement this year?

Today is National Philanthropy Day.  If you are looking for a great way to make a difference during the holiday season, I would invite you to consider donating to Bucket Buddies Mission.

We are currently in the middle of a nation-wide bucket fill event and by the first of December, we should be close to having delivered 7,000 buckets in 25 states and Canada since we began this journey in July, 2014 of making a difference to children with life-threatening illnesses.

We could not have done this without the help of donors and volunteers.  We are so thankful for every penny and every item that has been donated to our mission.

No matter what philanthropy you choose, just the pure act of giving from the heart brings about a sense of overwhelming gratitude for the blessings in our lives.  Have a great day as you give from the heart on National Philanthropy Day!

 

See more pix here.

 

A Wagon Full of Kindness!

Have you seen the commercial where the little boy has a wagon full of ice and Coca Cola® soft drinks and secretly leaves them for people to find?  When the recipient finds it, they take a sip and smile.  In the end, the boy shares one with Santa Claus.

Every time I see that commercial, I smile.  I know what’s going to happen and still can’t help but smile.  There is just something about seeing someone show kindness that just warms our hearts.

Today is World Kindness Day.  I challenge each one of us to do one intentional act of kindness and then watch the other person smile.  Some people may not know what to do because you may be the first person to ever show this much  kindness to them.  How cool is that!

Some examples of things you can do:
Hold open a door for someone.
Ask about someone’s weekend …….and then listen to their answer.
Buy a bouquet of flowers to share with the receptionist.
Buy coffee for the person behind you at Starbucks.
Go to lunch with a friend.
Leave an extra tip for the waitress.
Make your spouse their favorite cookie.
Read a book to your child.
Call a long-lost friend.
Visit your neighbor.
Leave candy for the mail carrier.
Donate to your favorite charity.

There’s just something magical about showing kindness and not expecting anything in return.  I would love for you to share your story of kindness – whether you were the giver of the kind act or the receiver.  One act of kindness by each person today could literally change our world.

Jump in the Kindness Wagon and let’s get started.  Happy World Kindness Day!

 

The Unity Wall.

As I entered the store with wall-to-wall people,  I was prepared to scan the merchandise and get out before claustrophobia overtook me.   It was a very unique store with a very intriguing name.

Philanthropy Fashions greeted me with earthy décor and colors including wadded paper bags used in the most adorable advertising.  Antique shoes held shelves of books.  Old suitcases cuddled comfy sweaters and tree branches adorned hanging scarves.  It was just adorable and relaxing all at the same time!

Then I heard it….Christian music.

Then I felt it….the peace throughout the store.

Then I understood it….PHILANTHROPY FASHIONS.  The store was a faith-based organization that gives 10% of its proceeds to non-profit organizations domestically and internationally.

Then I saw it.

Right there in the middle of the most crowded store on the strip was the wall that warmed my heart and opened the floodgate of tears all at the same time.

The prayer wall.  Yes, a wall full of hanging tags of prayer requests.  The guests were encouraged to leave a prayer request on a tag and to take a request from the wall and commit to pray.

The prayer wall.  To me, it was a unity wall.  The symbol that brings us all together – hurt and hope and healing.  All right there for us to unite under one God – the one and ONLY God.

The wall that says we are still one nation – actually one big ole world – under God.  The wall that reminds me to stand firm on my foundation and kneel only in prayer to the One who can heal our nation.

The Unity Wall.  The Prayer Wall.  The Wall that can knock down all other walls.  In Jesus Name.

2 Chronicles 7:14 – If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

 

Tug-of-War

Recently it seems as though our world, our morals, our values are all playing tug-of-war with the devil. When we watch movies or cartoons where the villain turns people against each other and then sits in the corner and laughs, we automatically hate the villain.

Even Hallmark movies have villains who try to cause problems and stir up trouble disguised as good guys, but we viewers always dislike that troublemaker and cheer on the good guy to win the designated race or get the business or get the girl!

As I watch all the division and destruction and outright disrespect of people in this country, I can’t help but visualize the devil sitting in the corner, arms folded behind his head, propped back all cocky with a devious grin on his face.

He loves the tug-of-war this world is playing. This one pulls hard to the right.  Then this one pulls hard to the left.  Each side tries to get the strongest and biggest people on their side in order to pull harder.  I’m not just talking politics and I am NOT writing blogs of any political content.  I am talking about the tug-of-war of good versus evil.

I’m talking about how we have lost of sight of people and love and showing respect to others. Jesus tells us that we only have two jobs in this whole world and that is to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and to love your neighbor as yourself.  (Matthew 22:37-39).

Yes because of these two commands we have a lot of other jobs to do but everything in life should be based around these two things and the love of Christ would permeate this world beyond belief and this tug-of-war would end.

If people choose to continue on this tug-of-war and not to love one another, not to put Christ first and to continue with this evil game, then I can tell you right now who wins.   Revelations 19:1(b) – “Hallelujah!  Salvation and glory and power belong to our God.”

I beg you today to be the one to lay down your end of the rope and walk away from the tug-of-war with evil. Instead love your neighbor, help your co-worker, kiss your kids, have dinner with your spouse and look for ways to show kindness and the love of Christ around the world.  Just start with one act of love and watch it grow.

Yes, I would rather play “hug-of-war” than tug-of-war any ole day!

Encouragement During The Storm.

WOW!  There is so much going on in this world.  Yesterday was a special day of remembrance on the anniversary of one of the worst tragedies in our country.  I saw firefighters and police officers standing on decorated overpasses as I drove home from Indianapolis with signs that said “Remember 911” and “Honk for Remembrance of 911”.

We have the storms and hurricanes in Texas  and Florida that have gone up into the Carolinas and Georgia and still causing devastation as they move into other states.

There are wildfires blazing in Montana and spreading to surrounding states with the smoke and ash damages traveling hundreds of miles to wreak havoc on other locations.

There are many other “storms” going on in our land and around this world today that need our prayer and many people who need our encouragement.  Today is National Day of Encouragement and I urge you to find someone who needs a word or a note of encouragement today.  Cards, text messages, emails, phone calls, flowers, prayers and gifts are all good outlets to show encouragement.

In Matthew 14:22-33 we see the story of Jesus walking on the water.  What a great story of encouragement!  Jesus was praying on a mountainside and the disciples were out in a boat sailing farther away from his location.  A storm had brewed up on the water and the wind and waves were slamming against the boat causing fear for the disciples.  Verse 25 says “during the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them walking on the lake.”

Now obviously, they were scared.  But verse 27 says that Jesus encouraged them.  He yelled out, “Take courage!  It is I.  Don’t be afraid.”

Jesus is saying that to us today.  We are in the midst of all of these storms of rain, flood, and fire but also in the midst of discouragement, anger, fear, murder, war, adultery, bitterness, rage and backstabbing.  The wars of the evil one are worse than we can even imagine.  But Jesus is coming right at us, arm extended saying, “Take courage.  It is I.  Don’t be afraid.”

Be encouraged today on National Day of Encouragement that Jesus is in control.  And then share that encouragement with those who are struggling.  We can’t fix everything but we can encourage people to know the One who can!

Picture courtesy of a friend from outside her house.