Become an Instigator for Christmas

Lo, How a Rose Ere’ Blooming

Dear Reader:

I turned to today’s meditation in Quinn Caldwell’s Book – All I Want for Christmas and it was about becoming an ” instigator “-today that term is so negatively associated with the term – terrorist -that I was initially taken back… slightly repelled.

But I should have known the quick-witted theologian was playing a word game with us. Caldwell reflected: ” I had this one poor teacher in elementary school who would jab a finger into a student’s chest and utter the worst thing she could call you…Instigator…which, in her mind was the culprit who got all the bullies and trouble makers to ruin her life ( sending her running to the teachers lounge for a lot of furiously smoked cigarettes!)

After Jesus’ death and resurrection, the apostles immediately were also targeted as ” instigators.” The apostles could whip up an angry mob pretty quickly. Acts 5:31 states ” God has exalted Jesus to his right side as leader and savior to change Israel’s heart.” ( leader meaning instigator. )

Caldwell then gives us a mid-Advent assignment. Stop the card and gift buying-instead… ” Call somebody up to to help instigate something “AWESOME!”

Write letters to our soldiers, cards to Amnesty International, carol at strangers’ homes, honk if you love the Prince of Peace signs on a busy street corner. Jesus’ arrival sure caused a ruckus… so should we!

So until tomorrow… ( love Quinn Caldwell’s prayer) ” God grant me the grace not to just shake up the world on your behalf, but to get people around me to do it too. And bless Miss You Know Who; after all those years teaching us, she needs it. Amen. ”

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

Pam Stewart visited yesterday bringing me an Advent Hope Jar from church.

Hope Jar
Cute Top!

Walsh and Mollie are working hard preparing for the family celebration Christmas Eve!

The Christmas Card bannister is filling up with cards and photos… loving adding on everyday! Thank you so much! Makes my day!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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2 Responses to Become an Instigator for Christmas

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    ❤❤❤…we did this …got together just to catch up…loved it…

    • Becky Dingle says:

      We should have gotten someone to take our picture at Eva’s… that sure was a good breakfast-set the stage for a great day! Thank you and love you Gin-g!!!Merry Christmas!

      Sent from my iPhone

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