Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Is About Giving

Christmas is about giving. God demonstrated this when he sent our Savior Jesus Christ into this world.

Isaiah 9:6

 "For to us a child is born,
   to us a son is given,
   and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
   Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
   Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

John 3:16
 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Most of the time we are anticipating of the gifts we are going to receive during Christmas especially when we have our gift lists....there's nothing wrong about that but the joy in giving is really different. As John Greenleaf Whittier said, "Somehow, not only for Christmas but all the long year through, the joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you. And the more you spend in blessing the poor and the lonely and sad, the more of your heart's possessing returns to you glad."

Giving is not only about material things. It could be giving your time. Last December 15, i had this joy of giving my time spending (with the Edge Radio Ministry) in visiting  the kids who have cancer and different sicknesses. And i was so blessed to be there (you can read my blog about it here).

Giving could also mean being a channel of blessing to others. You could have no extra money or you just have a little amount of money to bless others but you have relatives or friends whom you could tell your desire to give to the less fortunate and those relatives and friends could contribute or donate in order for you to be a channel of blessings. Just like last Saturday (December 18), i had this privilege to be a channel of blessings to the members and even the first timers in the kids' connect  group that i am handling. I told my friend and my sisters that i have this desire to give gifts to these kids and give them food on our Christmas party. My friend named Mercy donated for that event. My sister Odette was also touched and she gave some amount for the gifts and food and my sister Beng donated old clothes for the kids. The kids were very happy receiving food, gifts and clothes that day. But one thing when you receive donations, you should be accountable with that and make sure that you use them for that purpose and not for personal gain. I gave an account to the donors for their donations and sent them pictures of that event. Here are the pictures we had that Saturday.

And here's a wise thought from Mother Teresa : If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one.

Giving could also mean remembering people by sending them cards, text messages or email and let them know that they are in your thoughts this Christmas.

I could site more examples about giving but you could define the meaning of it on your own. 

This Christmas, i encourage you to anticipate more on giving than receiving.

 Have a Merry Christmas in giving!

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