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christmas focus

Part of cultivating a good life is honoring the Christmas season for what it’s really supposed to be about.

How I love the Christmas season. The commercialism? I could do without that. But have you noticed that despite the hustle + bustle + added stress + sometimes overcommitted schedules, there is also an increased desire to serve?? It’s real. It happens. Not in everyone’s hearts but in many.

I completely acknowledge that not everyone has the most fond memories and associations with this season, but I want to share something with you that is near and dear to my heart, and my prayer is that it will resonate with you. This is something that I believe grounds us in the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas is Christ, and our Savior Jesus Christ devoted His life to serving others. So Christmas is serving. As a Christian, I desire to emulate my Savior. Despite my daily mistakes, challenges, and faults … I can try to be like Him in what I say, what I do, and how I treat others. Indeed, part of cultivating a good life is looking to our Savior as the ultimate example of how to be.

This Christmas my family and I want to be focused on serving others. We want to join with others to #LIGHTtheWORLD in any little or big ways that we can. I’ve watched this video a dozen times and I still cry every. single. time. I feel the message that is rooted in this simple video that doesn’t have a single word spoken.

If you’re interested in focusing on service this Christmas season, you can learn more at Mormon.org or follow @mormonorg on Instagram or Facebook. There is going to be daily inspiration for ways that we can serve based on Jesus Christ’s attributes. Heck, even if you don’t believe in Jesus, this is about SERVING. Doing GOOD. Reaching OUT. So regardless of your religion or beliefs or lack of beliefs, may you be inspired as I have been to make this a focus during the holidays (and hopefully well beyond that).

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3 Responses

  1. Sandra B. says:

    Feeling down yesterday about some recent deaths touching my world, I decided to make the time to donate blood. Not all gifts cost money. Thanks for the suggestions.

  2. Clare says:

    Wonderful ideas. Really brings me back to the true meaning of the season. Today’s very much resonates with me as I have a brother who has been waiting 7 years for a liver transplant. He works hard following a healthy diet, watches his fluid intake, exercisespecially, and most importantly, has maintained his sobriety. There are not enough donors and so he languishes, neither so desperately ill to move up the priority list nor well enough to truly live. I cannot allow myself to pray for a donor since some family would have to suffer the death of a loved one and no one could ever pray for that. But there is another option: LIVING DONORS! People can sign up to donate a part of their liver. It grows back in both the donor and recipient! It allows the recipient to live a full and healthy life. Please, consider being a living donor :)

  3. Loree says:

    Love this! I’m currently doing a 25 Days of Kindness calendar by myself. However, I’m going to try to incorporate this into our family’s Advent activities. Thank you so much for sharing! Sandra, I love that you donated blood, and, Clare, I pray your brother gets his liver.