Last week I rambled a bit too much and was only able to talk about 3 of the 4 tenets of the Advent Conspiracy: Worship Fully, Spend Less and Give More. I want to use this article to share about the 4th pillar of the Conspiracy: Love All!
In our society, we have muddled the meaning of the word love. Way too often, we equate love to simply emotions or feelings. But when the Bible speaks of love, especially when the Apostle Paul writes about love, love always involves action. After all, God just didn’t feel love for the world, He actually did something. He gave; He sent His Son.
This is most clearly shown in part of letter Paul writes to the church in Philippi (2:5-11). Without a word about Mary or Joseph, without any shepherds or angels singing, we are reminded that God entered the world in a way that we would never have imagined. We are reminded that God entered the story quietly, softly and gently. Jesus leaves the comfort of heaven; He gives up everything, and in this simple act of humble love, God became one of us. And it changes everything!
The question we need to ask, the question that surrounds the Conspiracy, is, “Can Christmas still change the world today?” I think it can, but it is up to us to make that happen. It is our turn to love like God loves. We are called to partner with God, in our own small ways, to make things right. In order for Christmas to change the world today we can no longer just tell the story of Christmas. We have to live it out.
My original plan was to make a list of ideas on how we can Love All, but I decided to do something different. I am asking you for your ideas on how the rest of this Advent season we can practice the 4th tenet: Love All. Below are some suggestions from Leah to do with your children for Advent Conspiracy. For Love All ideas, send your suggestions to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you….
IDEAS FOR ADVENT CONSPIRACY FOR CHILDREN
“Here are some ideas for “things to do together.” Create a basket of goodies for those ideas that seem “easy” could be a fun way to create fun ‘Santa-ness!’ For example, instead of just watching a sunset, include snacks that are only yellow. Take a picture of the kids’ favorite part of the sunset and have the kids paint it. Wait until it’s dark and use a flashlight…Enjoy!” – Leah Stevens, Director of Children’s Ministries
- 1. Watch the Sunset
- 2. Do a Road Rally/Digital Scavenger Hunt
- 3. Have a Bonfire or Campfire in Your Backyard
- 4. Get Ice Cream! (even better, MAKE IT)
- 5. Go to the Museum or Zoo (check out ZOO Lights!)
- 6. Pretend You’re a Tourist in Your Community
- 7. Go to the Farmers Market
- 8. Pick Strawberries or Other Fruit
- 9. Host a Classic Movie Marathon
- 10. Write Out Your Family Bucket List and Pick One to Do
- 11. Put Together a Jigsaw Puzzle
- 12. Watch for Shooting Stars
- 13. Go on a Bike Ride
- 14. Set Three New FAMILY Goals
- 15. Find a Community Play to Attend
- 16. Go Bowling
- 17. Plant a Garden
- 18. Host a “Minute to Win It” Party