With the holidays being over I have been thinking a lot about whether or not people will continue the kind gestures, donations and sincerity that they often share during the holidays. We have family that we wouldn't normally interact with unless its the holidays. We have organizations that we wouldn't even think twice about unless its the holidays. All of the clothes, shoes and toys that we have cleared from the closets to donate to organizations probably wouldn't happen unless the holidays roll around once a year. I also notice that my awareness and thoughts about others who are less fortunate is increased during the holidays. I made it a point to donate to the "bell ringers" every chance that I had this holiday season. But then I started to think about something, if there is homelessness, hunger and people in need of assistance all throughout the year, why do we only see the bell ringers out for the Christmas season. I found it to be disturbing that there were food banks and toy drives that were running out of supplies or didn't receive enough donations to distribute to families. Then I started to think, not only is there a lack of resources throughout the year, but there is also a lack of kindness and sincerity throughout the year. What can we do about this? I think that we should make an effort to give in service to helping people and these types of organizations have the resources that are needed in order to provide for those who are less fortunate than we are.
Christ gave His life for us without any hesitation and I think that we should also give ourselves to others as Christ gave His life for us. I think that when we change our thinking from focusing on ourselves, what we give, can we give or how we will give and make the focus other people then we can think more about what does this person need and how can I help this person to get where they need to be. Christ has never made Himself the focus He is always concerned about us and our salvation. What has He given to make our lives better?
One way to change the cycle of how society has changed from focusing on others is to lead by example. If we change ourselves then maybe our actions will lead others to change their ways also. If we lead our children, then maybe they can be an example to others also.
Lets strive to Continue Kindness throughout the year and throughout every area of our lives.
Peace & Blessings
Mom On the Go
~But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.