Our office theme for December is to spread joy. We were challenged to do something kind for someone else and to look for ways to make someone’s day just a little bit brighter. In a world that encourages self-centeredness, this task is sometimes more challenging that it needs to be.
My church body studied a book called “Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren. The first line in the book is – It’s not about you! What a powerful statement. When I wake up in the morning, I have a choice to just think of myself or to make a conscious effort to challenge myself to make a difference in someone else’s day.
Most of us, hit the floor running and of course, start out paying attention to ourselves. We have to get ready, eat breakfast, pack our lunches and head out the door to our next destination. My morning routine consists of not only get breakfast and lunch for myself but also for my family members. This requires me to get up earlier than anyone else, but it starts my day of service.
The moment you walk out the door opportunities are all around you, if you look. Doing for others does not always mean it will cost you money. A simple good morning, opening a door and kind words go a long way with people. Giving compliments are powerful. Everyone can use a boost now and then.
You can also volunteer. There are so many needs that need to be met. Find something that interests you and plug in. If financial is the easiest for you, try paying for someone’s order that is behind you in the drive-through. Also I’ve gone to a local grocery store and given gift cards to random shoppers. No matter what you do, the point is that you are doing something. I recently read a quote that has stuck with me and made me aware of what I am here to do.
We are created to make somebody else’s life better.
Somebody out there needs what you have …
your smile, your love, your words and your encouragement.
Share your gifts today.
We tend to make December the month of giving. Let’s try to make each day an opportunity to put these words into practice. Remember, giving of your self gives joy both to the recipient and you.