"The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul,
and we look out upon the world's busy life and become more interested in people than in things." -Thomas S. Monson
I know that many of us are sitting here wondering how can I end this year strong. I can lose weight, eat more green stuff write 20 new posts for the New Year? Let's stop and change our thinking here. Instead ask ourselves, "How can I look back at 2017 and say God used me to make a difference?"
This post is not about a new business strategy or 5 ways to increase your followers. No its about stepping outside of our comfort zone.
Christmas is the time to see past what we have or what we want under the tree and asking ourselves, “What is it that we can accomplish to make someone else season bright?”
May I offer you five heartfelt task to explore that can cause a positive end to your year. These endeavors may place you on a path toward a healthy and motivating beginning to your new year and if you are hurting this can be the medicine for your heartache.
So here we go:
1. Listen with Intention.
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment,or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
There is a saying that goes, "Don’t ask me how I am doing if you don’t mean it." Do you know how powerful it is to truly listen to someone and repeat back their story to them; or rather say nothing at all. Now you may ask yourself how does this cause my year to end strong. Glad you ask because given of yourself pleases God and satisfies the heart. And if you listen well enough you will find that that person was sent to you because you have the idea, resource or wisdom they need to set them on the right path. Listening to someone and genuinely taking to heart what they are going through, what they are in need of or desire. We can obtain something far greater than a conversation. You will find that you may have an answer- even if its just hugging them tightly, looking them in the eye and saying,” I love you.”
2. Grant grace.
"Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self." -Francis of Assisi
Granting grace to those who even in our Godly-fearing hearts wemay believe they don’t deserve it can bring such healing to the summing-up of your year.
It's powerful because we choose to grant others grace that we received from God toward us. We are mature enough to say though they were wrong and though they hurt me, I will extend to them grace so that I can be free and they can work on themselves without wondering if I still have them arrested with anger or unforgiveness. Even if you are just granting grace to the lady, who cuts in front of you pretending she didn’t see you standing in line at the coffee shop and then she orders the last cinnamon bun, too. #justsaying Grace is grace whether big or small.
"The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity. "
Giving of your time can set you on fire for the new year as there is such an internal reward in serving others. To experience the reward of helping others and seeing the gratefulness people show when you serve them with a genuine heart and no agenda. Serving doesn’t always have to be something that takes us hours in a day. You can help someone who looks like they are having a hard time getting to their car. You can consider your single neighbor when you cook dinner and bring them a meal. You can use your talents to help a family out this year.
I am a licensed cosmetologist so around this year I love providing free hairstyles to people who come to my heart. It's incredible to see the response of happiness and gratitude when they look to see their new hair in the mirror.
Serving others never has to be a bore. In the end, you both get something out of it- a need met and heart fulfilled.
How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow?Your life is like the morning fog--it's here a little while, then it's gone.- James 4:14
We have to remind ourselves daily that we are not here forever. We are just that a vapor, and though we can hope and pray for 100 years, we all will never know. So we must live and fulfill our destiny. Staying in our lane, and by that I mean not taking on what you weren't called to do, trusting God and taking a step of faith.
What does this look like?
It may merely mean writing the vision and making it plain and daily putting it before you through prayer and meditation and seeking out the path that he has designed solely for you. So in other words, Start today and if tomorrow comes you just keep at it.
"There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend."--Katharine Butler Hathaway
As I was thinking about She Endures, and what it needs to evolve into, I decided to create core values. One of them will be a spirit of encouragement. I don't desire to talk about myself all the time because there are so many of us who need to share their stories. Opening our platforms to others to share their story with people who follow us and those that may not know of them is a selfless way of creating community and sisterhood.
So here's my challenge I hope to fulfill this month of December to end my year strong. I want to open my platform for 20 women to share encouragement to others. Kindness is the most significant part of living being able to share a bit of encouragement, adding positivity to our feeds on social media. I know there have been times when I have been encouraged by someone else positive post. We are speaking to others just to let others out there know, they aren’t the only one, though it's scary- you can, and yes, after all, you have been through you are loved.
I am calling upon 20 women to volunteer to share some encouragement no matter what it is-motherhood, getting through the holidays, dealing with grief, conquering military life, loving your spouse, taking a leap of faith or just being the best you can in life period. You can share it with a quote, 120 words content, a tip or sharing your outlets that get you through it.
So if you want to be one of my 20 encouragers, please email me at email@example.com or DM me on Instagram @ She Endures.
Lets help to make this season bright with encouragement, one of the best gifts we can ever give.