- It’s Christmas time, and for most people, this is a hectic time of year. You’re thinking about what kind of gifts to buy, have I bought gifts for everyone, how much is too much? How much do I give, how little do I give, what do I do?
I want to talk to you about these questions we continually ask ourselves. If you ask my kids how much I gave them, they’d say I never gave enough. If you ask your kids they’ll probably say, “Well so and so gave more.” It doesn’t matter what your kids think. Here’s the real question: What’s the right thing to do? Here are three things to consider:
- The first is budget. If you don’t have a budget in your life, or a financial boundary, you will give away your future happiness for your temporary happiness today. Think about that, and set a budget in your life.
- The second thing to consider is our culture. Our culture focuses on temporary, and oftentimes the gifts that we buy are very, very temporary. Consider gifts that matter and last more than a day. Consider thoughtful gifts, which give greater value then the actual dollar amount.
- The final thing to consider is if there is a problem in your heart that makes you want to give too little. If that’s you, and you think, “I don’t want to participate in Christmas, or I don’t want to give any gift at all.” The question is why? What’s happening in your heart? This might be a signal for you; a red light that says, “Maybe I need to think about why I feel this way?” Christmas is the moment when we recognize that the God of the universe sent his son as a gift to us and we are incredibly spoiled. We’ve been given way more than we deserve and it allows us to be so generous with others.
Christmas is a great time to reflect what God’s already done for us. He’s given us so much! I challenge you this holiday season: don’t give too little, give what God wants you to give. I have some more to talk to you about next week, so tune in again for Christmas Part 2.
Check out the Gold Creek Community Church Pinterest page for some Christmas Budgets to utilize this holiday season.