Today I will be vulnerable, and I hope you bear with me.
I don’t share many things about my personal life here on the blog, but for some reason I felt strongly that I should share our yearly tradition of “Light The World” with you this year.
“Light the World” is an initiative put out by the church I belong to, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This initiative is 4 weeks of ideas of how to make the world, your community and your family brighter during the month of December.
I love that the ideas are super simple. These ideas require only a small amount of effort and you can incorporate them easily into your daily routine, but these small efforts could mean real change to you and those around you. I know many of you have donated your crocheted items to those in need and this is absolutely a wonderful way of Lighting the World!
I printed out this advent calendar a couple weeks ago (you can download this free serving-based advent calendar here) and put it on the fridge so my family could prepare to serve others these next weeks of December. It gives you daily ideas of how you can possibly serve and bring some light into the lives of others. They are most very easy ideas, but you can take the spirit of the project and come up with ideas that have more personal meaning to you.
I strongly believe in teaching my children very young how to serve others (not just during the Holidays!). Serving really helps kids see the needs of others and my hope is that my kids will learn to love those around them and strive to put the needs of others before themselves.
Dallas and I were also able to visit the Giving Machine in Salt Lake City, Utah this last year.
In case you haven’t heard of then, the Giving Machines are vending machines with a charitable twist. You choose your items just like a regular vending machine, and purchase with your credit card. However, instead of buying candy or soda, you are purchasing charitable items for people in need. Donations ranged from filling a backpack for $5 to buying a cow for $150. Dallas and I decided to buy 100 meals and two chickens. What a small way to make a big difference (I hope) in someone’s life.
You are, of course, not required to use the advent calendar that I shared, but my hope is that we can all work together to make the space around us just a bit more positive and loving. It really only takes tiny acts of kindness!
Outward positive energy can also turns inward and make our own lives more positive, and I think we could all use a bit more positive energy!
Will you join me in Lighting the World this holiday season?