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It feels like practically everyone is in a relationship, engaged, or getting married. It can be overwhelming, especially when your family members want to know what is going on in your “love life”. Not to mention all the songs, movies, and television shows about spending time with your special someone. First, I have to say that I am so incredibly happy for all my friends who are in relationships right now. I am in no way bashing you because I understand that everyone is at a different place in their life.
That being said, it is not fun to be single during Christmas. I mean I wouldn't complain if a Ryan Gosling look-a-like came in like prince charming and asked me out. However, I've been thinking. What is so wrong with being single? Our culture makes single life out to be miserable, as if it is the worst thing in the world. Singleness is equated with loneliness. If you have ever felt worthless or lonely please know that you are not alone. Even though I am writing this post, I still struggle with these feelings on a daily basis. I am in no way, shape, or form a perfect person, but I am tired of feeling this way!
The truth of the matter is that even when we feel alone we are not alone. God is always there. He loves each of us so much (“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made” –Psalm 139:14 NIV version). We are always going to feel lonely because we were made to have a need for love that only God can fill. Single life may actually be a blessing in disguise. We can take this time to try new things, travel the world, and find out who we are. Eventually God might bring someone into my life, but for now I am single and NOT ready to mingle! :)
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It seems like everyone is filled with the Christmas spirit at this time of year. Decorating, music, and crazy holiday shopping is what takes up most of our month of December. Not to mention a plethora of Christmas movie marathons. Why is it though that I feel empty and sad in a season that is supposed to be so joyful? Just typing that last sentence baffles me because I LOVE Christmas. It is probably because of what Christmas is becoming. It is so commercialized. Slowly but surely Christ is being taken out of Christmas. The whole reason we started celebrating Christmas was to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, so it makes sense that people are becoming almost numb to the holidays. It is losing its true meaning. Well I am sick of it! I refuse to spend another Christmas just going through a routine of making it all about me.
This past Sunday my pastor did a sermon on how the Christmas season is a perfect time to be a light to others. He mentioned an idea of giving that a member of our church came up with. She said that she was doing something called “30 Random Acts of Kindness”. Each day in December she decided to do random acts of kindness to people she knew or complete strangers. One example of this was buying a small gift card and handing it out to a random person in the grocery store. How cool is this?! I can’t imagine the joy that the person who received the gift card felt. I was so excited when I heard about this that I came up with a couple ideas myself: baking cookies for my neighbors, paying for someone’s drive-thru meal, volunteering at a homeless shelter, etc. I have to be honest though, when I first heard about all this, I felt guilty. I started thinking “I want to do this, but I don’t have enough money or time”. I decided that I am going to attempt this challenge. I hope that you do not feel that I am writing this post to condemn you because that was not my intent at all! There are tons of ways to spread joy and happiness at Christmas time. However, I challenge YOU to do at least one random act of kindness in the month of December. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or time. It could be as simple as holding the door for someone. Together maybe we can bring back the real joy of Christmas. :)
Hey! I'm Katie. I have a passion for sharing God's love. I also love writing, thus the creation of this blog. I hope this makes your day just a little brighter!