allow me to encourage you...

If you have been here a while you have heard me preach this before:
Please, instead of doing NOTHING...do SOMETHING!

What I mean is, how many of us regularly think of some great thing we could do for somebody.  Then we think of the time it will take and the money and the blah, blah, blah...and before we have even STARTED to do it...we have talked ourselves out of it OR put it off until we have the money and time.  Which is really the same as deciding not to do it.  

So I implore you...do SOMETHING.  Even if you can't do the big idea...you can do a small one.  Even if you can't buy your friend the big fancy mixer she wants you CAN bake her some cookies.  Even if you can't solve your friends problems...you CAN write her a letter to encourage her.  Even if you can't be with someone this time of year, you CAN send them a little something to let them know you care. 

You might remember that two Christmases ago I got a really lovely note from someone here in Charlottesville...the note simply said "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from a fellow Norwegian-with his name and number"...it was written in Norwegian.  My husbands car has a Norway sticker on the back and his license plate makes it clear that he is Norwegian.  Anyway...for TWO Christmases in a row I wanted to do something for that nice gentleman...just to say thank you...I had big ideas...but because they were so big...they never got done.  So this year I decided, that I would at least write him a little thank you note...and then if I can I can always do something else.  But at least I have done SOMEthing.   

This is the time of year that I start sending out my "Christmas cheer" packages...just simple packages filled with cookies or other little things...just SOMEthing to tell the recipient that they are special and that I care enough to tell them so.  I don't worry about sending everyone I know one...which is a reason that I know keeps others from doing something similar...I simply send to whomever God puts on my heart...

So...if you have it in mind to do something for someone...and you can tell that you are putting it off "until"...can I suggest and encourage you to do SOMEthing...today. :) You have no idea how much a card or a small bundle of cookies could mean to someone. 

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9 comments:

Simply Spontaneous said...

Thanks for sharing that today, Crystal...it is exactly what I needed to hear. Between your blog and yesterday's sermon about putting love into action, I feel like God is really trying to get my attention in this area. Thanks for being His vessel!

Kristi said...

Those Christmas cheer packages are a wonderful idea! I think instead of just sending a Christmas card, I'll send some fudge or cookies too! Thanks for the encouragement!

~ The Speckled Dog

carey said...

What a lovely post. Thank you for the reminder, and the encouragement. I needed this today.

xo, Kate @keeping up w/the Moreland's said...

you are just simply amazing... i wish we were close friends:) have a great day!!

Christy said...

What a lovely post of encouragement! Thank you so much for a sweet reminder to just do something :)

So glad I found your blog! Happy Tuesday to you

Karen said...

thanks for this post! It fit in well with what we're learning in the Crazy Love study, and was a good encouragement to me.

Ky said...

Ok, I will. I'll just do it!

Cyndi said...

there is a guy on facebook trying to start "pay it forward" day

this was a perfect post to read to remind me!

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=156739841034393&index=1

BlueJShop said...

GREAT post! :)

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