Everyone wants Christmas to be “meaningful” but instead it becomes: shop `til you drop, credit cards, traffic jams, to-do lists, useless gifts… and then, off to church. “Noel, noel, noel…”
Sometimes we`re glad just to survive it.
Did you know Americans spend 450 billion (that`s $450,000,000,000) on Christmas every year? So, how did Jesus celebrate?
Jesus gave Himself. He gave Himself relationally: incarnation, Time, space, presence. Do you see where this is going?
What if you bought fewer gifts?
Like that sweater she won`t like, that random gift certificate, that toy he doesn`t need…
…and then, instead of buying that gift, give something valuable… like your time: talk, eat, sled, bake, bike, read, play, create, craft, sing. Together.
Make gifts (like when you were a kid)…
…and remember that money you didn`t spend? What if you gave some of it away? To the poor, the hurting, the lonely, hungry, sick, thirsty.
Lack of clean water kills more people everyday than anything, and here`s the thing: the estimated cost to make clean water available to everyone is 10 billion dollars. Do you see what could happen?
In 2006, four churches gave 500,000 to build fresh water wells. In 2007, more churches said: “let`s do this!” and 3 million dollars was given. All because people spent less of gifts and more on relationships.
Let`s face it, consumerism does not equal happiness, memories, or meaning. Spend less on gifts, give more presence and love like Jesus.
It began with worship, it begins with worship. Worship fully. Spend less. Give more. Love all.
This is the season of Advent, you are free to worship, live, breathe, give, laugh, celebrate, conspire.