“The Joy of Giving” by Wanda Fielder.
A friend of mine received a text from her teenaged daughter saying the following: “Hey mom, for Christmas, instead of Christmas for me, can we donate stuff to the homeless shelter?” Wow, I was impressed – and coming from a teenager! That is someone with a special loving and generous heart.
That statement brought my attention to how Christmas is perceived by many people. For some, it is a wondrous time of giving and receiving from family and friends. For others, it is a sad holiday, without the finances needed for giving as desired; or perhaps their family is dysfunctional and more stress is created. Some families lost a loved one during the holiday season and sadness permeates that time of year for them.
Acts 20:35 ends with reminding us that it is more blessed to give than to receive. As a child, I probably didn’t truly comprehend the meaning. Maturity and experience brought understanding and belief in the blessing of giving. What a joy is found when you bless the lives of others through your giving!
Why don’t we purpose to add some Christmas joy to someone other than our family? That doesn’t mean that you have to eliminate your traditional family giving but add to it by including others. Single mothers often have a difficult time during the holidays. Widows and widowers can find Christmas to be a lonely time when their families are not nearby. Nursing home patients can always use extra cheer. Most cities have Angel Trees where you can choose a family to bless. There is no shortage of needed areas.
I think we would all agree that we are a blessed nation. My parents used to tell me how they would receive an apple and an orange for Christmas and were happy for that. It would be a rare situation today for that meager fare. In most homes the stacks of gifts are quite large, and we are grateful for prosperity. Let’s join together and bring joy to an unsuspecting family. Not only will they be blessed, but you will also be blessed when there is no expectation of reciprocation.
The true source of Christmas joy is in giving. Your giving may lighten the burden and brighten the day for the recipient. You will not have less. The famous author, Ken Blanchard, declared, “The more I give away, the more comes back.”
Find your joy by giving!
(Info from: UPCI Ladies Ministries email@example.com)