Posted in , Dec 1, 2014
You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35, NLT)
OK, be honest. Did you participate in that marathon day of shopping we lovingly call Black Friday? If you did, you may still be recovering.
Every year I vow never to set foot in a shopping mall on that day, and every year I’m up at the crack of dawn, tracking down bargains like it’s my job, trying to purchase as many Christmas presents as humanly possible in one day. It’s brutal!
Last year, one crazy shopper trapped me in a corner with her cart so that she could snatch the last $9.99 crockpot, and I wasn’t even interested in the crockpot! I was going for the $3 jar candles in a nearby bin.
Of course, it’s almost impossible to find everything on that Christmas list on Black Friday, so retailers have given us a backup plan–Cyber Monday.
So, if you missed out on that “best deal ever” on Friday; you’ve got a shot at getting the same item at an “almost best deal ever” price while shopping in your pj's at home via the Internet.
With all of this “consuming” over the last few days–from consuming lots of food on Thanksgiving Day to consuming lots of deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday–wouldn’t it feel good to do a little giving?
Can I hear a collective “Amen?”
Well, here is your chance as we celebrate #GivingTuesday–a global day set aside for simply giving back. On this day, churches, charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world come together to celebrate generosity and to give.
What a perfect holiday for Christians to embrace! We’re all about giving!
So, why not find a charity you love and send in a donation tomorrow? Or, go through your closet today and find clothes, shoes and coats that you no longer need, and drop them off at your local homeless shelter.
While you’re at it, peruse your pantry and grab some canned goods to take to your local food pantry on Tuesday.
In fact, your local church community might already have an outreach activity planned for tomorrow. If so, volunteer for that important work.
And, if none of these above options seem doable to you, then here are five additional ways you can get involved in #GivingTuesday and be a blessing to others:
By participating in #GivingTuesday, we can be the “hands and feet” of Jesus in this world. So, go ahead. Get your giving on, and let’s make Tuesday the best day ever!
Pray this with me:
Father, thank You for the many blessings You have given me. And, Lord, help me to never take anything for granted and to always keep a grateful heart.
I pray that You show me the best way I can be used this #GivingTuesday and every day. It’s an honor to give back, Lord, because You’ve given so much to me. In the Mighty Name of Your Son Jesus, Amen.