reposting this post (just for jim west)
this holiday season you should participate in advent conspiracy.
The story of Christ’s birth is a story of promise, hope, and a revolutionary love.
So, what happened? What was once a time to celebrate the birth of a savior has somehow turned into a season of stress, traffic jams, and shopping lists.
And when it’s all over, many of us are left with presents to return, looming debt that will take months to pay off, and this empty feeling of missed purpose. Is this what we really want out of Christmas?
What if Christmas became a world-changing event again?
Welcome to Advent Conspiracy.
instead of buying gifts you feel are obligatory for people you marginally know, or buying your kids one more present just so they really know how much you really love them, how about taking them to volunteer at a soup kitchen so they can see how the other 90% of the world lives. nothing causes a children to appreciate how much you really love them than seeing what it’s like not to have loving parents, a home, a car, a wii, a nintendo ds, a mobile phone… you get the point. they don’t need one more silly gift to know that you love them. they need to see what it means to reach out to others in need.
advent conspiracy assists in bringing this about. giving to charity is the least you should do, if at all. instead of throwing money at a charity, go be the charity you want to see in the world. the single most effective way to make sure that 100% of your donation goes to help those in need is to go and help those in need personally.
so what are you waiting for?? put down your credit card, fill thy horn with oil, and go!!