Sunday, December 07, 2008

Living Advent Calendar

As I count down the days until Christmas I am trying to do something little for people everyday. I'm trying to go outside my comfort zone a little bit everyday. As I have mentioned before I am not doing this toot my own horn, but to encourage you to get out there and give of yourself a little everyday. It will make a difference.

December 4th- Volunteered at my son's school. I love encouraging those kids that always look like they are having a rough time. There is one little boy that lights up every time I volunteer. This is when I cannot wait to be a teacher. I love kids so much and cannot wait to make them smile everyday.

December 5th- Babysat my 2 year old nephew spur of the moment for my brother and sis-n-law, so they could go out and run a few errands without him. This was a little selfish on my part cause I haven't seen him for awhile and I love playing with him.

December 6th- smiled at everyone in Wal-mart and wished them a Merry Christmas. I stopped and helped a mom look for that one Star Wars figure that her son wanted. She found it. Went to the Star bucks I usually study at, went in, and paid for the next two cars in the drive-thru. Some of my regular employees were there and they asked me why I would do that and I told them I wanted to bless some people in this hurried time of year. They are all very young, so I hope it sticks with them and maybe they will reach out to someone. Stopped at an Alternative Behavorial Treatment Center in my hometown. I have driven by it for 5 years and always thought I should stop in. I found out they have 40 young men there ages 15-21. I'm not sure what I will be doing, but the Lord just had me stop, so we'll see.

December 7th- My husband won some Chicago Bears tickets for this Thursday night and we knew we did not want to sit in the cold watching them, so we were able to bless a family at church who has a Jr. High boy who LOVES the Bears. They were very grateful. I'm studying at Caribou Coffee and bought someone their coffee. They did not know it was me and I got to see their reaction. They said, "Wow, who hears of something like this these days?" His friend said, "Someone still has the Christmas spirit."

Only 18 days until Christmas. What can you do to touch someone's life? Smile, make eye contact, drive a little less crazy, give up that close parking spot, let someone go in front of you in line, hold a door open, buy a coffee, leave cookies on an elderly person's doorstep (just make sure they don't trip), etc. etc. Make a difference in the life of someone today. It will make your Christmas season so much brighter.


Go Mom Go said...

That is funny about the Walmart story. I did the same thing on Thursday. It seemed to me a lot of sad and worried looking people, so they just needed a smile. Which I could provide.

You rock! Thank you for all you do!


M said...

wow, that is beyond awesome. i do beleive in the whole pay-it-forward thing, so i hope that the people you touch will in turn touch others. you are a great example!!

on another note, too bad you gave away those tickets - my family has season tickets and kyle and i are going thursday - it would have been fun to see you and drink hot chocolate together!!!