Sunday, at church, I was speaking about offerings and the spirit of giving that is so prominent this time of year...It seems like this time of year everyone has the urge or desire to "GIVE" to someone else...But God never intended for us to only give to others at Christmas. The spirit of giving was to be something noticeable all year long, all our lives. We are SUPPOSED to look different from the rest of the world. So if EVERYONE thinks about giving at Christmas time, Christians look no different!
I want to challenge each person reading this to give something every day for the rest of 2009...Not simply in remembrance of Christ and his gift to us, but to start building a habit of giving all the time. You may say "I don't have money to give" or "There are people who can give more than I can" and those statements may be completely true, but as I was once told "You might NOT be able to change the world as one person...but you can change the world FOR one person". Help someone with their shopping bags, smile at the cashier, give you lunch, or your gloves to the person on the corner, give hot chocolate to the bell ringers...There are so many small things that you can do for someone else...and if we ALL do those small things together, they become REALLY REALLY big things instead! That is what the season is truly about....remembering that we should be doing this all the time!