>> Thursday, December 3, 2009
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly, or of necessity; For God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9: 6-7
We've made a decision... This Christmas season, we are taking the focus off of ourselves and putting the focus on our Savior. Each year we get sucked into the "gimmes" and what we want, but not this year! We are going to do what Jesus would want us to do. To be extravagant givers!!! We are going to give each other a gift, just not many gifts. Instead, with the money that we would spend on ourselves, we are going to spend it on families who need help. We have adopted 2 families in our area who can't afford to buy gifts for their kids. We hope to shower them with gifts that show them the love of our Savior. Sprinkled with little notes hidden in the wrapping to share that God loves them and He cares for them. And that there is someone praying for them.
Of all the "things" that I would love for my kids to get for Christmas, THIS is the one I want them to "get" most of all!! It's not about us, but about HIM! To take our eyes off of ourselves is a practice in dying to ourselves. The "gimme gimmes" only feeds selfishness. Our lists of all our wants only feeds our carnal flesh. That doesn't honor God. But being extravagant givers does please Him!
I'm excited! My kids are even excited. We all are excited about doing this. And I'm excited about how my family will be blessed. I'm excited about how these families will be blessed and how seeds will be sown into their hearts. Who knows, they may have never been told that they are loved and cherished by their Creator. But they will know now. Because we will tell them! I am believing that God will use this for their good.
So, my challenge to you is... What are YOU willing to do differently this Christmas to reveal the real meaning of the season?? Let me know. I would love to hear your thoughts.
Blessings to You this Christmas!
P.S. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on my Christmas message to you. You will be taken to another page (kids4truth). I promise, you will enjoy it.