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Monday, December 21, 2009

Give, Give, Give

So, Christmas is right around the corner and everyone is frantically trying to wrap up their Christmas shopping. I would say that they’re doing this because Christmas is “the season of giving” but there’s no way an onlooker who knew nothing of Christmas would call it a “season”. Most likely, they would say there is a day of giving and a season of utter madness. (save for the few people who actually observe the holiday for what it is and refuse to get swept up in the hustle and bustle of finding the perfect gift.)

Anyway, the title of “Give, Give, Give” has nothing to do with Christmas shopping or the madness that goes with the last minute craziness. The title is in reference to what’s going on in my heart as we face one of the most celebrated holidays by Christians and non-Christians alike. I feel an urgency to give but not in a crazy shopping kind of way. No, I feel an urgency to give to those who have a need as a way to share God’s love.

Our pastor shared a simple note that was written after a group of women were given free tickets and V.I.P. treatment at our church’s Christmas program. At the end of the “thank you” note, the woman wrote, “Go tell it on the mountain”. Our pastor shared that we should all keep that in our minds and hearts. Our job as Christians is to do just that however, whenever, and wherever we can. This is exactly what I want to do.

The hubster signed my family up to possibly be matched with a family in need. I say “possibly” because the response of people in my church to the call to adopt a family has been overwhelming and we may not be matched up with anyone. When we were discussing this last night, we moved on in our conversation to people who live in our building that we would like to bless in someway.

Honestly, my family may not have a lot of money to share but I’m always looking for ways to give to someone else. I don’t want to “throw money” at issues. That’s not my intent. What I want to do is give something, even if that means sacrifice, with the message of God’s love attached to it. Why? Because what I give physically can never, ever match up to what God can give a person or even an entire family. God’s love and care is continuous and mine is, well, whatever it is for the time being. Sure, I have a big heart and am always thoughtful and prayerful for others. Unfortunately, our finances never match up to what my heart feels and prays.

So, I’ll be sensitive to those around me and try to give as much as I can to meet needs or even be a simple blessing to others in His name and for His glory. For me, that is the true spirit of Christmas.

Matthew 25:40b (ESV)
"Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me."

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