“We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals….Wouldn’t it be great to have a day for giving back?” – #GivingTuesday website
Another place on the site talks about this being the kick off to the season of giving. I love this because over the years I have been convicted that Christmas has lost its focus. Christmas is to be a time of giving however so much of what happens teaches our kids to be materialistic and very me focus on a day that was about love for others. A day when God entered the world as a baby so that He could die and rise from the dead providing salvation for those who confess and believe.
Please take time to think how you can be involved with #givingtuesday and how you can encourage others to be involved. As Christians we are called to give sacrificially. I hope that you already are and that #givingtuesday is day you get excited about because it may lead others to give more as well.
I also want to challenge you to think beyond this Tuesday, Novemeber 27th and think about the entire Christmas season. Think about ways you can focus on Christ more and on you and your family less. Think about ways you can bless others with all the blessings you have received in Christ. Let Tuesday be the beginning of a Christmas where you give more than you ever have before.
Amy and I have tried to help our kids to give more and want less on Christmas. By the grace of God it will catch on in their lives. Here are some things you can do:
- We had friends give a heifer in our honor one year.
- Do a fundraiser like the 5k for 25 Days.
- Make Buckeyes and then sell them and give the money to your favorite nonprofit.
- Make cookies and candy and deliver to your neighbors.
- Before Christmas day have your kids go through their toys and give some to the Salvation Army.
- Volunteer in a soup kitchen with your kids.
Whatever it may be take time on #givingtuesday to plan what you will do special this Christmas season to rid it of the materialism and focus on giving and the Christ child.
Your Turn: What ideas do you have to refocus the Christmas season?