Based on Matthew 6:1-4
Christmastime is a season of giving, and gift cards have become a popular giving alternative. They eliminate the hunt for the right gift and the anxiety of wondering if you got what the recipient really wanted. All that’s required is a good idea of where the recipient likes to shop – you just go to their favorite store, buy a gift card and let folks pick what they want!
Gift cards are easy and convenient and I choose them for some family and friends, but I still like to shop for special gifts. It takes more time and effort – and is a bit risky for the “taste impaired” like me – but the end result is usually appreciated because the recipient knows that you went out of your way to make the choice.
What’s true for gift giving is also true for our faith response to God’s grace and generosity. It’s very easy and convenient to give in Sunday offerings and special drives, and to contribute to charitable organizations – that commendable giving does touch the lives of those in need. Mentoring young people, spending time with seniors who spend a lot of their time alone, counseling those facing personal struggles and physically feeding and providing for those in need take more time and effort, but they’re worthy pursuits that touch lives first hand rather than long distance.
Let God guide your giving during the Christmas season and all year long, and take the time to reflect on what God has given you as you consider what to give and how to give to others, so that you can strike the right balance in your generosity. When we realize that the God who created us goes out of the way to bless us beyond what we deserve, then we can go out of our way – regardless of what we have to share – to be a blessing to others, for little still becomes much when we place it in the Master’s hands.
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