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Day #18 GOODchristmas:: International Migrants Day

Did you know that every year there are about 4 billion T-shirts sold worldwide? When was the last time you thought about who made the shirt you’re wearing?

When we think about the people that make our stuff overseas, we may think of large, urban factories in developing countries like China, India, and Bangladesh. But did you know that most of the stuff made in these urban factories is made by migrants that come from rural areas? Migrants are people who must move place-to-place for work because they can’t find work in their own communities. Having to migrate for work has created cycles of poverty in these rural areas as well as other issues such as:  abandon children, broken families and communities, and increased vulnerability to crimes of injustice like human trafficking.

Today, wear your shirt inside out to help bring awareness to International Migrants Day. Take time to reflect: there is a face, with a family, with hopes,  dreams and a future that made what you’re wearing. Also, check out FACES Apparel. They are a wholesale T-shirt company that uses fair-wage Mobile Factories that bring work to struggling communities globally.

           “Factories don’t make products, people do.” – FACES Apparel

For the next month, or maybe even the next year, wear all your shirts inside and talk to people about why. Do some research. Find out more about how you can help be a voice of change and hope for the migrant worker. How will this impact the way you shop throughout the year and the clothes you buy?

Day # 15 GOODchristmas:: Joy

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to

give. — Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Spread a little holiday joy – while at that drive through today (or this week) pay for the person behind you.

 

The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. Proverbs 11:24 (msg)

Day #14 GOODchristmas:: Homelessness

Change only happens when we have the courage to look at ourselves and our world as it really is. When we do, we’re often brought face-to-face with pain. It’s only when we face suffering, confront it, and work to overcome it, that we experience growth. –  Mark Horvath of Hardly Normal and Invisible People

Too often when we look at people that are homeless, we judge based on how we think they became homeless. Even the disciples thought like this. When they saw the blind man they asked

“Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?”  But Jesus response was one of love, compassion, and ACTION. 3-5 Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do.”

Homelessness is an adjective, only a part of where someone is at, not an all encompassing of their humanity. The definition of homeless is “having no home or permanent place of residence”. Period. Today, check out http://invisiblepeople.tv/blog and met the faces of homelessness. Listen to their stories – ones filled with lost dreams, but also hope. See if their 3 wishes are not much different than your own. Then, take a large packet of socks with a gift card to that homeless person that came to your mind when you started reading this.

 

Day # 13:: GOODchristmas:: Hope

The attention of the world might sometimes be elsewhere, but history is watching. It’s taking notes.

 And it’s going to hold us to account, each of us. – Bono

Wear a red ribbon on your wrist, or another red article of clothing/accessory today as a reminder to remember and pray for all the victims of AIDS – both locally and globally.

When the story of these times gets written, we want it to say that we did all we could, and it was more

 than anyone could have imagined. – Bono

HIV/AIDS has been a stigma in the Church for too long. Our goal is to encourage others to show the love of

Christ by caring for those infected and affected by this pandemic. – Rick Warren

 

Day # 12 GOODchristmas:: Feed The Hungry

The alarming results show that 1 in 6 Americans is still food insecure and now more than 50 million Americans. This includes 1 in 4 children. – Feeding America

GIVE UP YOUR BREAKFAST TODAY. Reflect on local kids that go to school hungry everyday. Ask your local public school if they have a program that provides breakfast for kids from low-income families and how you can help. Or visit FeedAmerica.org to find out ways you can help.

Give up your breakfast for the whole week!

Whoever embraces one of these children as I do embraces me, and far more than me—God who sent me. – Matthew 9:37

 

Day # 11 GOODchristmas:: Neighbor

A smile is the beginning of love. – Mother Teresa

 

Smile and say “hi” to 10 people you don’t know while you are out and about today.

Smiling is infectious,

You can catch it like the flu.

Someone smiled at me today,

And I started smiling too.

~Author Unknown

 

Day #6 GOODchristmas:: Mercy

nelson mendela

You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution. ― Nelson Mandela

 

Choose a country that you feel bitterness or anger towards. It can be a place that has wronged you or your family. Maybe it’s a place where the leaders have or are hurting their own people or using them to hurt others. Pray a prayer of blessing on them. Pray that God will bring them back through love, kindness and justice, not hatred or revenge.

 

Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Romans 12:14 (MSG)

 

 

(Post in honor of  the life and courage of Nelson Mandela. May we all have the courage to stand up for justice and peace with love and mercy.)

Day # 4 GOODchristmas – Love A Stranger

It’s crazy and crowded wherever you go this time of year. Put to practice loving a stranger today by letting others go in front of you – at the store, in your car, when at your local coffee shop; maybe even while waiting for a table at a busy restaurant.

 

“There are no great things, only small things done with great love” – Mother Teresa

 

December is HERE! GOODchristimas has begun!

Growing up, one of my favorite traditions was the Advent calendar. I loved the anticipation and having something special every day. It made it about the journey building up to Christmas, and not just about the one day.

Now that I’m a mom and building traditions for our family, and doing all the “Christmas-y things”, it seems like December just flies by. I’m sure it feels that way for a lot of you too. And sometimes it seems like the busyness just steals away from the purpose, the joy, the love, and the true meaning of Christmas.

About 3 years ago, I wanted to bring in the Advent calendar as a tradition for my kids, but I was challenged to try something a little different too. I loved the anticipation part, but I had been learning about what it meant to be more intentional about the way that I lived, and I really wanted Christmas and the things that I did during this time to be intentional towards the real meaning and purpose of Christmas as well.

So, I set out to create an Advent calendar that had intentional actions that incorporated the heart of Christmas. I hoped that through these intentional experiences and actions I could better celebrate and enjoy the beautiful gift of Jesus and God’s love, by actually living out the meaning each day: in my home, with my community and church, as well as with strangers.

For me, it’s was more than just reading the Christmas story from the Bible each day, it’s about LIVING it out in the everyday ordinary hustle and bustle. It was about choosing how to spend those moments and minutes, not just letting myself be overtaken by them. It was about not letting the meaning get lost in the chaos of one day, but about living a season of intentional love, joy, goodness, and compassion towards others. I’ve learned, both from Christ’s life and his birth that he was about action and living out his purpose and love.

And that’s what GOODchrstimas is about. From December 1st to the 25th, each day taking an action step in living out Christmas.

GOODchristmas — Finding Christ in Christmas

Day #1 – Ethical Consumerism

“Business will change the world. It will do so faster and more drastically than ever. And we hold the controls. If we begin to base our business decisions on our values, business will transform to accommodate us, and will take the shape of the values that we hold in common – fairness, compassion, and respect for the earth.” – James Pearson.

‘Tis the season! Everyone has shopping on the brain, right? And the pressures on to find the PERFECT gift! So this season put the true meaning of Christmas into gifts that you buy. Don’t just buy gifts, but let the gifts you do buy share love and compassion with others – just like God has done for us by sending Jesus. Put your money where your heart is (not other other way around). Let your purchases reflect the true heart of God – love and compassion.

Purchase gifts from businesses that are making a difference in the lives of the marginalized like:

TOMS shoes – With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One

Krochet Kids – great beanies and scarves made by and that support Ugandan women

Acholli Beads – beautiful paper beaded jewelry made by and in support of women in Africa

Roozt – All featured brands are fashion-forward companies

Charity: Water – where 100% of the money that is given goes to water projects in impoverished areas around the world

Plywood People – Artistic and one-of-a-kind bags and wallets made with reclaimed & recycled billboard materials by Guatemalan urban artists. A percentage of profits builds new homes for Mayan widows.

Or even…Starfish Projects, International Princess Project, Urdenet, Freedom and Fashion

 Do ALL your shopping this Christmas with social justice woven into every purchase.

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Day #9:: Red Ribbon…of HOPE!

“The attention of the world might sometimes be elsewhere, but history is watching. It’s taking notes. And it’s going to hold us to account, each of us.” – Bono


I’m wearing a red ribbon on my wrist today as a reminder to remember and pray for all the victims of AIDS – both locally and globally.

“When the story of these times gets written, we want it to say that we did all we could, and it was more than anyone could have imagined.” – Bono


“HIV/AIDS has been a stigma in the Church for too long. Our goal is to encourage others to show the love of Christ by caring for those infected and affected by this pandemic.” – Rick Warren

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