When I was growing up, my family didn’t go to church. So I had no idea about things such as tithing or service to others. I just knew I had to be a good boy.
So when we visited my twin cousins one December, I was in for the shock of my life. One afternoon our parents sent us out to shop for Christmas – the twins were in their teens and I was about 10. We were on our way to a store that had the gift I wanted to get for my parents when we passed Santa standing by a big black pot – you know, the Salvation Army. Without warning the twins grabbed my wallet and gave all of my money to Santa. I was – well, I can’t say how I felt on paper. After all, that was my hard-earned money from the whole year and they gave it all away.
Later, when I became a Christian, I understand what they were trying to tell me – it was better to give to those who had little than to buy a gift for people who had too much already.
Many years later, my wife and I took the Christmas thing a bit further and stopped giving gifts at Christmas. Instead we gave the amount to the church that we would have spent. And guess what – we never again had to experience the rush and push of Christmas shopping (there wasn’t Internet shopping back then).
Christmas is just around the corner. I hope you are prepared for it and that you haven’t felt the pressure to give to someone who most likely already has more than they need.
So I encourage you to choose a cause or person in need and spend your Christmas money on them. You will never regret doing so.
Have a blessed Christmas.
Question: How have you chosen to help the needy at Christmastime? Share your ideas in the Comments section below.