“Nothing can make our lives or the lives’ of other people more beautiful than perpetual kindness”
When I was asked to write a blog about the fruit of the spirit, kindness near Christmas, I thought it was important to remember what Christmas is all about. People often get carried away with presents Christmas parties and sometimes Christmas loses its true meaning.
Christmas is a time of great joy but for many it can be a sad time for people who have lost loved ones or who are not with their family at Christmas.
In the bible John 3:16-17 talks about what Christmas is “For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” God sent his son to the world through him. Christmas is a celebration of his incredible act of love. Jesus came so he could die on the cross for all our sins. If we believe that Jesus died for our sins we can ask him into our hearts to forgive us of our sins. We are then cleansed and made whole. We know that heaven is a place we can go when life is over.
So what is kindness at Christmas? There are many ways in which we can show kindness to someone! Below are just some ideas:
- Donate to charity
- Volunteer at a crisis shelter
- Sponsor a child
- Make food for a neighbor
- Visit your local nursing home the elderly are often lonely at times like Christmas.
- Invite a friend round for Christmas dinner who you know will be on their own during the festive period.
- Send cards to serviceman and women
- Donate toys to a children’s hospital
- Make get well cards for people who are unwell
- Encourage someone who is at a low point in their lives.
- Forgive someone who has wronged you
- Adopt a pet.
Below are some organizations that you may find useful on some of the ideas I have suggested:
www.compassionuk.org Tel: 01932836490
www.crisis.org.uk Tel: 0300 636 1967
Claudette is a passionate campaigner and activist for mental health stigma and domestic abuse. She believes that everyone should be treated equally regardless of their disability or gender. She has diagnoses of Bipolar Disorder, endometriosis, Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. Claudette has a certificate in Management studies. Her interests include beauty, makeup, animals politics, current affairs and social networking.