Monday, December 15, 2014

Make a Difference Monday - it's the little things

Yesterday was a GREAT day!  We picked up our friends, brought along two buckets of Super Bubble bubble gum and headed to our local university to pass out bubble gum to Aggie students that were studying for finals to encourage them to #blowawayfinals!
{we live in College Station - home to Texas A&M University - whoop!}
We started this tradition last year when Shelly mentioned it for one of our advent service projects.  We weren't sure what to expect or even if the students would like this but it only took a few seconds to realize they loved it!  The smiles that trickle across the 3rd floor of Evans Library seriously brings a smile to your face.  The students get so excited about what the kids are passing out!  You can see them eagerly waiting for their turn.  And, did we mention it's only 2 pieces of bubble gum?!  

It doesn't matter what you give - only that you give!

 
 
We also hand out a little card letting them know what the kids are doing.  The kids have an Instagram account and we encourage the students to take a picture and post to social media using #blowawayfinals.  It's fun for our kiddos to see the pictures and read the comments!  Here are a few pictures from last night!
  
 
Shelly and I stand back and get the fun of watching all this take place.  But, don't get us wrong, we have to keep the kiddos on task!  Sometimes they get in a hurry and forget a table, their voices get a little too loud, or they get the giggles looking at titles of books in the stacks - but we are certain that they get that they are making a difference.  They love when the big kids smile, fist bump, or their favorite - when they get to give and receive hugs!
Have you ever thought you wanted to do something but just didn't know where to start much less what to do?  Start with your own community.  Let your backyard be your mission field.  For us, blessing students is easy.  For you, maybe it's seniors at a local assisted living facility, animals at the shelter, or the homeless person you drive by everyday on the way to work.  Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.  I promise, it will be enough!

I've been asked many times why we do this and the answer is simple - it's just something we are suppose to do.  God has made it pretty simple - we are to love Him and to love others.  I'm hoping to show our kiddos that it doesn't take a lot of money or time to make someone else's day. It's truly the little things that matter.  I hope and pray that they will become aware of needs around them and find ways to help.  For us, sharing smiles (and bubbles!) during final exams is just a little thing that we can do.  This is definitely a family tradition that we love and look forward to.

What are some ways that you and your family enjoy serving together in your community?

Not many more days till Christmas!  I hope you en-JOY the days leading up to it!

Gig 'em and God bless!
Holly
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2 comments:

  1. So cute, fun, & creative!! Keep on doing what you're doing...it's AWESOME!!

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    1. It really is a lot of fun! Crazy to think that something as small as a piece of gum could make someone's day!

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