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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. :)
This is my first ever blog post. Thank you for checking out my blog! I never thought that I'd be the type of person to start a blog, but I guess you never know where life will take you. You are probably wondering why I chose the title "The Agape Life" for this blog. It is mainly because I love (ha) the word agape. It is a Greek word that can be found in the Bible and means God's love. In today's world, most people use love as a broad term. "I love that show, I love pizza, I love him/her". Agape is different. It is the overwhelming, beautiful love God showed us when he died on the cross for our sins. Jesus calls us to a life of agape and my hope is to live that life and inspire others to do the same.
"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends" -John 15:13
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!