Cold weather is here with wind, rain, sleet and snow – how it chills us to the bone some days. We often forgot how blessed we are to have a warm place to call home, three meals a day, and warm clothes to wear. We get comfortable and busy in our every day life and often overlook things that we should be thankful for daily.
As the New Year begins, take a moment to sit and talk with your family and decide how you can “raise someone else up” by reaching out to them. It is as simple as preparing a meal for someone sick, giving goods to a food pantry, donating clothes to a clothes closet, visiting a nursing home, making blankets for a shelter or volunteering your families time at church or for a non-profit organization.
A can of soup, a set of clothes, a simple hug or a few hours of your time will change someone’s life…and yours. Take a moment to give of yourself (and as a family) and see what a reward you will gain in doing so. If you don’t think you can make a difference, just “reach out” once and the feeling you receive from helping others will change your life…and theirs.
What a great lesson to teach our children, a reminder to us individually and a family tradition that will touch and change the lives of so many for years to come. Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with your family.