It’s Thanksgiving afternoon and we’re on our way home from my in-laws. My thoughts and the conversation in the car quickly transition to Christmas – getting decorations out of the attic, setting the alarm for Black Friday, and the filled calendar for the next 4 weeks. I’m already anticipating Christmas morning.
But somewhere deep down – at a soul level – I feel like a Christmas tree that’s been put up and her ornaments have become dull and lost their luster.
I don’t want this Christmas season to be just about gifts, food, and family. I don’t want Christmas to be predictable. I want this December to be different. I want to keep my focus on Jesus.
I want sparkle back in my Christmas!
I consider myself a pretty giving person. I’m sure you do, too. But due to the economic events in our country, and now the world, I’ve been wondering what true generosity looks like. I’ve been praying for God to show me how He thinks about it.
I found some great verses where He talks about just that in 1 Corinthians. One that stood out – “God will give you many opportunities to do good, and He will produce a great harvest of generosity in you.”
Then it hit me, this is the perfect time of the year to challenge myself. Starting Dec 1st (today!), my countdown to Christmas will be to pray that God would show me every day an opportunity where I can truly give, that He will teach me what true generosity is, and that He would reap all of the honor and praise.
What could be a better birthday present for Jesus?
So, I’m off to the bank to withdraw some cash so my husband and I will have money in our pockets for the next giving opportunity, followed by a Christmas shopping trip to the mall where I’m sure I will have plenty of chances to open doors for others, allow someone in front of me in line, drop more than some change in the Salvation Army kettle, and even buy lunch for the person behind me in the line at the food court.
What will happen when you look for opportunities to give?
Will you do the Generosity Experiment with me? Please let me know if you take this 25 day challenge. I’ll be posting my stories along with yours every day. I’d love to hear your idea of creative ways to give. I can’t wait to see what God does through us this Christmas season.
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