When you look around the stores in the days leading up to and following Thanksgiving, it's hard to miss the various Christmas decorations being displayed. One decoration and tradition that many families are familiar with is that of the Advent calendar. Personally, I grew up counting down the days to Christmas by using red and green construction paper to make a chain. Some use a calendar that has hidden toys or chocolates or scriptures to enjoy on each new day. Everyone needs something to help them smile and build up their anticipation as they wait for the Big Event of Christmas. This year, however, I wonder what it would be like if we committed as a community to doing random acts of small kindnesses for one another?
John the Baptist called his listeners to repentence, that they must change their lives and be focused on the kingdom of God rather than the kingdom of right-now. If we are living in the kingdom of God, then how are we treating other people in the kingdom? The holidays can be a stressful and difficult time for plenty of people, but how much more would it be appreciated if we put a little more thoughtfulness and kindness into our interactions with others? And how could it potentially change us as we act with kindness?
Sometimes it can be difficult to define what an act of kindness is or determine what you acts you're capable of doing. For this purpose, there are some ideas of small acts of random kindness that you can take part in during the days leading up to Christmas. Feel free to repeat any of the random acts or to come up with new ones of your own! I pray that we all may be changed by this challenge of intentional kindness.
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