The time between Advent and New Year’s Day is a great opportunity to reflect on the true “reason for the season.”
Joining with others in giving back for the blessings that have been bestowed on you is a great way to make it even more joyful and memorable for you (and even more honoring of the great Gift given to us by God).
But just how do you do that? How do you give back without literally taking what you’ve received and handing it over to someone else?
Thankfully, there are several ways you can give and receive the benefits of “giving back.” Consider these ideas:
- Visit a children’s hospital. Kids who are sick need to know that they’re loved
and cared for. You can give them that reassurance by spending time with them
during this season of giving. Your visits will provide much-needed encouragement
and bring some special joy into their day.
– Find out from your local children’s hospital if they have a program which
allows you to become a mentor to young patients.
-Make play dates or plan to read stories.
-Add the children to your social media network so they feel involved.
2. Donate cash, food, clothes, toys, or other gifts. Sometimes the most direct way
to give is to donate cash or goods to a needy individual or organization. Your
contribution can make a meaningful difference in an individual’s life or a
program’s ability to help the masses. It’s easy to embrace the season when you
realize how much you are appreciated!
3. Adopt a pet. Taking an abandoned pet into your home is one of the most
heartwarming things you’ll ever experience! Animals have such a direct way of
showing gratitude by giving back unconditional love and loyalty.
4. Count your blessings. Sometimes all it takes to embrace the season of giving is
sincere appreciation of all the blessings you’ve received. When you take a
moment to look at all you’ve received and achieved, you’ll realize that you have
more than you imagined and can then feel free to share your wealth – financial
and spiritual – with others.
5. Spend precious time with those you love. Precious memories with family
members and other loved ones are worth more than their weight in gold. It’s an awesome feeling to let those closest to you know how important they are to you. That’s probably the best gift you’ll ever give them!
As you can see, the season of giving can allow you time to reflect the love of Christ in the world. Embrace it by choosing your own special way to give back to others while giving thanks for all you’ve received.
Customize the season to fit your life and cater to the things that are really important to you (and to God). Taking this approach enables you to get the most out of this season of giving, and also ensures that each year you can make new memories that you’ll cherish forever