This blog is supposed to be, as much as I can, my daily journey through life as a Christian. I hope it to be my thoughts and feelings on life but be as grounded in the Christian message as it can. My intention is not to create a daily readings or bible study guide but to look at my life in terms of a Christian trying to find and follow God's mission using his Life User's Manuel AKA the Bible.

Matthew 10 19-20

And don't you worry about what you'll say or how you'll say it. The right words will be there; the Spirit of your Father will supply the words. - Matthew 10 19-20

Monday, December 06, 2010

Advent Challenge Day 6

This challenge is now complete, please feel free to browse all of the 
completed tasks via the Advent Challenge tab.

Well I am not sure if yesterday's challenge was a failure or a partial success.The task I was supposed to complete was to tell my loved ones how much they meant to me. The reason that I am unsure how to classify the outcome of this task is that although we did spend a lot of time together as a family yesterday I never specifically told anyone what they meant to me.

However we did spend a lot of time talking about the family we have, the family we have lost. We spent time playing with my Godson and had a very enjoyable day. We had such a good time and spent most of the day laughing with each other and enjoying each others company.

My family are not the greatest at communicating with each other when it comes to our faith and our feelings. We have been raised in a family that while we understand that we all love each other and that we are always there for each other. This last year has been tough for everyone in my family as we have lost three family members within five months, two grand parents and an aunt. However this has cause us to become closer as a family, we are spending more time with each other, trying to heal past grievances and ensure we keep the family together.

So although I did not explicitly say to anyone yesterday that I loved them it was clear in all my actions that these people are the most important to me in the world and that there is nothing that I would not do for them. Some people may see this as a cop out and that I should make the effort to say the words "I love you" to my family. To them I would say that if I did talk to my family and tell them that I loved them they would ask me why I was saying it. When they asked me I would not be able to lie and would have to tell them that I was doing so for my Advent Challenge which I feel would cheapen the action of saying "I love you" to them. Therefore I feel that showing them how I feel is much more fitting than saying it, but I can also see how people may say I have not completed the task, but for me I believe I have in spirit if not in action and they key with this challenge is to make a difference rather than being legalistic.

Today's task has been chosen by my friend Dan who selected task number 2 which is to buy a gift for someone you wouldn't normally buy for. This task should be fairly easy to do as I am going shopping with my parents tonight and will be able to buy something for someone while I am there. All that is left to do is decide who I buy for and what to get them. Check back tomorrow to find out what I bought and for who, but until then Merry Christmas guys.


  1. I'll be honest - you could have tried harder. It's not that I don't understand what you have said about your family, but sometime words are still needed, people aren't mind readers. You don't have to walk up your father and say I love you. But try giving words of encouragement or appreciation to your family.

    So I guess finding two female members of your family and a brother is do able by next week?

  2. I will attempt to do so when I see them next, however due to commitments this coming weekend I will not see most of my family for the next two weeks, I will however mention how this goes in subsequent Advent Challenge posts.