-2 Corinthians 8:12 New International Version-
As I pondered the meaning of Christmas, I thought about how many people often feel sad or bad that they don’t have the money or motivation to buy expensive gifts. These feelings often lead to the holiday blues or blahs.
Thus, my reflections led me to consider some biblical truths. In many biblical stories, less often equals more with divine intervention. For example, David killed the giant, Goliath, with a few stones and his sling (1 Samuel 17:49), Jesus fed the multitudes with a handful of fish and loaves (Matthew 14:19), and Gideon defeated the Midianites when God reduced his army from 32,000 to 300 men (Judges 7:5-6).
While society tends to associate success with lots of money and lavish gifts, Jesus tells us to use what we’ve got. What do you have in your possession? Like David, do you have a few rocks? Can you use them to create a handmade pair of earrings, a beautiful bracelet or a nature inspired necklace for a Christmas present? This kind of heartfelt treasure will surely beat a gigantic jewelry bill.
As Jesus did, perhaps you can take a simple loaf of bread? Maybe you can prepare some sandwiches for your single or elderly neighbors. Many people would love a freshly made snack as opposed to a microwaved meal.
What about paring down your gift list as Gideon did his army. Give to those who really count and eliminate the stress to impress. As Gideon discovered, bigger does not always mean better particularly in battle.
This season, rather than crunch credit cards take time to call on your creativity. Rather than focus on what you don’t have, make it your ambition to discover more of what you do possess. As you tap into your talent, see what God has in store as your less becomes more.
Lord, help me to become a cheerful giver, and let each present reflect the power of your presence.