A Year of Gifts
The Christmas season is here and the stores are all vying for our holiday dollars. “Shop here”, “30% off selected merchandise”, “get a $25 gift card for every $100 spent”. The promotions and gimmicks are endless, and every year it seems they begin earlier and earlier. As soon as the Halloween costumes go back into storage, the Christmas trees come out. But what exactly is it about this time that gets people so worked up, and so stressed out. Should this be the only time of year we think of giving gifts to one another? Why does this time of year invoke so many emotions—good and bad?
I am not knocking gift giving, nor am I advocating for people to stop giving gifts. My concern is that this time of year--which should be for celebrating Jesus’ birth, our families, and looking back on a year of blessings, tragedies, accomplishments, and what have you--has become more of a time for getting into debt, borrowing, and lending. Proverbs 22:7 reads, “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” (KJV). Children of God should not be servants to anyone except God. Getting into debt every year just to buy gifts does not show good stewardship.
I am an advocate of giving year round not just at Christmas. When my children were growing up, I made a point of doing something special for them at various times throughout the year whenever possible. At Christmas they weren’t concerned about what gifs they had. I instilled in them that just to have a roof and heat during the cold winter months was a blessing and the best gift that I could offer them on a daily basis.
My challenge to you: Make 2014 a year of gifts. Try giving something to someone, anyone, at any random time during the year. Whether its volunteering for a charity, helping a neighbor, or rewarding your child or children for a good report card, give a gift. Merry Christmas to all and to all I give the gift of love!