Giving Like Jesus

If you’re like me, your inbox has been inundated with email urging you to take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. I’ve opened a few but haven’t made any purchases. I’ve deleted almost all of them without opening. I just don’t need any of that stuff and neither does anyone in my family. This Christmas, I’m thinking of giving cash gifts to them, rather than giving them something they won’t like, don’t need and will then return. And who actually waits for Christmas gifts these days? Most people buy what they want and need throughout the year. That’s what our consumer-based economy is all about. 

While it’s a good thing to give gifts and it’s also pleasant to receive them, my inclination is to stop participating in the consumer driven paradigm of a Christmas celebration and find other ways to celebrate. Some ways I plan to do this are to donate blood today; help decorate inside my church; send handmade cards to friends and family; make handmade tealight boxes for my congregation; make beautiful cards to hold the above mentioned cash gifts; bake goodies; spread smiles and cheer wherever I go; and most importantly, to be thankful every day leading up to Christmas for the priceless gift of our Savior. There are many ways to give without buying stuff. 

You might think I sound a bit like Scrooge, but I think having a different perspective on something most people agree has become too commercial is a step in the right direction. Jesus gave us the greatest gift of all – himself. My gifts back to him are the sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving, and to others, attention, listening, time, prayers and love. Celebrating the birth of Jesus is a wonderful time to practice giving as Jesus gave – giving others what they really need – love and a bit of ourselves.

Author: ttkach

Writer, cyclist, paper-crafter, mom, gardener.

One thought on “Giving Like Jesus”

  1. Thank you, Tammy! I agree with your approach to Christmas giving. The personal gift of self in service to others is much needed in today’s world..

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