How can you find a balance this holiday season to give to others without throwing your routine out of wack? Here are a few tried and true ways to keep yourself in order while making an impact this Christmas!
1. Let each morning start with something bigger than yourself.
I catch myself waking up and checking my phone almost immediately. As soon as my alarm goes off I either want to hit snooze or check my notifications. Neither of these are wrong, but they certainly won’t set you up for any positive impacts in your day.
Try to start with some type of fruitful podcast, devotional, youtube video or something that gets your mind on a positive trail. Listen to someone else’s story or insight before getting stuck in the rut of what all you have to accomplish that day, what you’re missing, or how far behind you are.
2. Meditate on how grateful you are about any and perhaps every thing.
Some mornings I take the time to write this down but it’s just as beneficial to think through what I’m thankful for. The more specific you are the easier it is that there is a lot more add to the list. Even on bad days, you can start with having eyes to see, the people in your life, when the sun shines… You get the idea.
3. Set reminders to execute ideas you have.
Have you ever wanted to pay for the meal of the person in line behind you, sponsor a family at Christmas, smile at a stranger or send a friend a post card? Set a reminder to actually do it. Even with the best intentions it’s extremely easy to forget to actually follow through.
Not good with coming up with ideas on your own? Pinterest has a million ideas as well as google so help yourself. 🙂
4. Think back on something that someone has done for you.
Who can you take the time to thank today? Or simply pay it forward?
The more you give the more fulfilled you become. But you have to start with a full cup to be able to empty it. And then replenish it again and again and again. The best days are days given away and not wasted on ourselves. But if we’re so full of ourselves in our ruts or on our mountains then there isn’t much room to fill up anyone else. And let’s be honest, that’s the most fulfilling part of life.
“24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more;
another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
25 A generous person will prosper;
whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”
Looking for a devotional to inspire you each morning? Check out my favorite one below.
Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence (with Scripture References)