Last year my family participated in the Light the World campaign, which is essentially doing service for 25 days – December 1- December 25. This year is no different, and I think the spirit of love and service is needed more than ever. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints reminds us that Jesus Christ is the light of the world, especially during the Christmas season. Every day leading up to Christmas in December, they have created a calendar of service of suggestions for different ways to serve others.
Light the World
You don’t have to be a member of this church or any church. You don’t need to believe in Jesus Christ, and you don’t have to be religious at all to participate. This is about being the light, being the change, and being the happy for the world. The only way things will change are with us. Check out the video below.
Today is Day 4 – “Thou Shalt Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself.”
I wanted to update this post today, because my oldest daughter send me a text asking if a couple of friends could come over and make cookies. My first thoughts were, ‘ugh, this house is already a mess, and then there will be more mess in the kitchen.’ However, I reluctantly said, “Yes.” They proceeded to make cookies for a family in the neighborhood where they had seen an ambulance this morning. Well, I felt like a jerk. Then these girls offered to rake their leaves.
If something like this can inspire teenage girls to think of others, then I can certainly do the same.
One of my favorite memories is of my family on our Disney Cruise last year. The hardworking crew literally did everything for us. While, yes, it may be their job, I loved seeing the twinkle in their eyes as they made our girls laugh or put a smile on their faces. They knew at that moment that they were making a difference in our family’s lives. It’s amazing how rewarding bringing joy to others feels, and it’s definitely a way to light the world.
What Does it Mean to Serve?
Service does not have to be some grand gesture. Simple acts of service like smiling at someone in the store, letting someone in front of us in line, and being kind to others sometimes make the most impact. I wish I could emphasis being kind a million times. Let’s teach our kids to not be bullies, and to be a friend to everyone. The best way to do that is through example.
Let’s teach our children to sit next to someone new at lunch or pay someone a compliment. Let’s forgive someone. Let something go. Make someone laugh. Watch what you say and what you type. Think before posting. Those are simple things that make a big difference.
Join me and my family as we light the world every day in December. Let’s light it up, friends! We have some catch up to do, but we’re up for the challenge. Good thing my daughter took care of today 🙂 If you need some ideas, follow the hashtag #LightTheWorld on social media, and you can see what people around the world are doing!