Saturday, December 02, 2006

December 2: It is more blessed to give than to receive

....Lord Jesus himself said: "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35

During this season we need to become more aware of those in need. Not everyone has food, shelter, or gifts under a Christmas tree to unwrap Christmas morning. More importantly, many don't know about Christ. During this busy season, make an effort to share what you have with others. Maybe you have already done something...perhaps participated in Operation Christmas Child, Angel Tree, or served at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter. But there are many ways your family can serve someone less fortunate than you. Here are just a few ideas:

1. Adopt a family in need and tell them your family would like to be a blessing to them this Christmas. Call your church or a local church for names. You might be surprised how many people are in a desperate situation. (We are adopting a family this year, and the father replied, "I was so worried that there wasn't going to be anything under the tree for my daughter to open.")

2. Collect toys for the Salvation Army or local toy drives (i.e. toys for tots).

3. Bake cookies for a neighbor, your local police and fire departments, or an elderly person.

4. Give an anonymous gift of money to someone you know is struggling financially.

5. Call a local nursing home and ask if you can bring your family over to sing some Christmas carols. Most will jump at the opportunity! Make something small to share with them that shares the good news of Christ.

1 comment:

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Wonderful post. This is the season for Giving. God GAVE His Son. I'd much rather give than receive...