|Compassion's Christmas Gift Catalog|
'Tis the season for fresh baked sugar cookies. Peppermint bark. Hard tack candy. Hot chocolate.
'Tis the season for slow dancing in the living room lit only by the tree and stealing kisses beneath the mistletoe.
'Tis the season for remembering. For celebrating. For giving.
We remember the angels telling Mary how she would soon give birth to the Savior. We remember Mary and Joseph leaving home for a safer place to live. We remember the innkeeper saying their was no room for them. We remember the smelly, animal-filled barn where Jesus was born.
We celebrate the gift of life, of hope, of grace, of love.
We join with the Magi who gave. We join them in giving to family, to friends. We join them in giving to the poor, the needy, the lonely, and the forgotten.
Giving means everything.
John 3:16, the most quoted Scripture of all time, reminds us of why we give - because God gave. God gave His one and only Son, the best gift anyone could receive. He gave all of us the gift of life, of hope, of grace, of love.
Christmas comes around once a year, and it is good and right that we should remember and celebrate.
But giving? Giving is a lifestyle.
Giving means collecting food, clothing, school supplies, etc. throughout the year for those who are in need.
Giving means cooking a meal for a neighbor, leaving a generous tip for the waitress, or volunteering at the local crisis pregnancy center.
For me, giving means serving at a local soup kitchen on a regular basis. But it doesn't stop there. It means getting to know the folks I'm serving. It means sharing a meal with them, listening to their stories, praying with them.
For me, giving means sponsoring a little girl in India through Compassion International. It means so much more than supporting her financially. It means encouraging her to learn and grow. It means being able to share Jesus with her and her family.
This Christmas will you join me in making giving a lifestyle?