Friday, November 30, 2012

December Kindness Challenge: A challenge for all of us

"There would be less suffering in this world if humanity would learn this one truth: 
It is not what we receive but what we give, that heals us."
~Richard Paul Evans (The Carousel)

Kindness is something this world can never have enough of. It is something that I strive to teach my children, not only with words, but with examples. When my boys are bickering, the first thing I usually say to them is "Be Kind". When someone does something that isn't nice, I will say "that wasn't very kind.".
Kindness is a virtue that will never become outdated, and one that all of us could improve upon.

Now, I know that in this busy time of year, it's easy to become caught up in all that we have to do, where we have to be, what we must purchase or wrap or decorate. Many times during the month of November we see our friends and family taking time to post on Facebook, Twitter, or on blogs what they are thankful for. I love that. But why let this wonderful season stop because thanksgiving is over? Let's extend that thankfulness by giving someone else something to be thankful for!
Recently, I felt led to do a series on Kindness. I invited Danette from All My Love for All My Days to co-host this series with me, and she graciously agreed. (If you're not already following her, you should be. She's such a fabulous lady!)
This series is going to run throughout the month of December. Danette and I are challenging ourselves, our families, our friends, and our fellow bloggers and readers to perform an act of kindness EACH DAY, no matter how big or how small.
During this busy time of year, this challenge would be a great way for people to conscientiously pause, and consider others more deliberately instead of just going through the motions of the season. By participating, we could all have our best Christmas seasons yet!
Each Friday in December, post what you did for each of the days the week prior. Danette and I will have the link ups on our blogs where you can share your blog post about it. If you're not a blogger, simply tweet it, share it on Facebook, and/or share what you did in the comments.
I will be sharing daily on Twitter and my blog's Facebook page what each of my kind acts are. The hashtag is #DKC (December Kindness Challenge)
Please consider participating and remember, no act of kindness is too small.
 "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you."
~Ephesians 4:32

For great resources on kindness, check out The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.

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