25 Acts of Kindness {2016 Edition}

November 21, 2016

Wow, it's now been five years since we began incorporating kind acts into our families’ holiday activities—acts that have now weaved themselves into family traditions, right alongside decorating the tree and hanging stockings.

Sometimes the simplest of ideas can produce the most profound change in us and in those around us, in ways we’d never have known when we’d first begun. For us, these acts of kindness have become so much more than just something we do during the Christmas season. They have become the catalyst that has shifted the way that we see people, needs, and even the way we see God.

We now notice so much more of the pain and suffering that is occurring in our world—but instead of quickly averting our eyes or ignoring it, we walk towards the pain, extending out our hands with what may seem on the surface to be one small act of kindness, but turns into so much more. An altered perspective; a lesson for our children or ourselves. A willingness to be vulnerable even when it hurts.  And, on the very best of days, a small glimpse of the way in which God's grace can bring light to the dark places in this world. 

This year it feels almost more important than it ever has to extend kindness to others around us. To hold out a hand of love in the things that we say, the things we do, and the things that we give away. This year is a year to combat hate, remembering that we are all created in the image of our God and therefore have value, that we are all worthy of love and grace and understanding.

This year, more than ever, let’s be the hands and feet of a Savior who came to bring Good News to those who would need it most. Us. Our neighbors. The stranger. The foreigner. The hurting. The lost.

The question we are challenging ourselves with this year is: Who can I show love to today?

And we accomplish this by doing one small act, every day in the month of December, leading right up to Christmas Day. Won’t you join us once again friends? We’d love to see how far God’s love and kindness will spread this holiday season!

And be watching for this year's finale! We'll be posting a video soon on our Facebook page letting you know all about it and how you can join us!

Need ideas? Here are links to past Advent Acts of Kindness (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and be sure to like our Facebook page where we’ll be posting our daily acts. Follow along and tell us about your own acts of kindness!

We can’t wait to start this year’s journey with all of you!

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