A CULTURE OF
Holidays put our focus on giving. During Easter we
give chocolate and make fancy dinners for family and
friends. On Thanksgiving we visit soup kitchens and in
December shower our loved ones with gifts on Christmas
morning. We make year-end donations to food banks,
or give an extra boost to charities. Everyone feels good
about his or her generosity and good deeds.
Although being generous is great, it begs the question,
“Shouldn’t Christmas be different than other holidays?”
During this time of year I’m reminded how our culture
impacts our thinking and way of living. When I was a kid,
the first thing I wanted to do
in December was make a list of
what I wanted to get – not give.
As we grow older it can be hard
to be generous, especially if we’re
struggling to make ends meet.
At times, as young adults we
can barely take care of personal
financial responsibilities, so the
notion that we are going to be generous with our time
and resources can be a stretch. Yet, Jesus calls us to live
with astonishingly generosity.
Generosity is not only a strategy for adding kindness to
the world. It’s a strategy for transforming the world. It’s a
strategy for a revolution!
Our generosity reminds people of God’s generosity.
While often we define generosity in material terms,
our generous forgiveness of those who fail us, generous
giving of our love and time to those in need, generous
kindness to those who are struggling, and generous
welcome of those who are without a place in this world
are a reflection of God’s love for us all.
At Christmas, agencies that reach out into the community
see an influx of money and help; however, our generosity
should not just be for one season or month of the year.
The spirit of generosity should permeate all our lives, all
the time. As the New Year unfolds, let’s build on a solid
foundation of generosity. Let’s start a revolution!
Do you struggle with the inner battle of being a
vessel or a channel of His blessing? How generous
is your lifestyle? Do others see that you’re ready to share
with anyone in need? Or are you only generous when it’s
socially encouraged? We can’t change what we have or
haven’t done this past year, but what can we do to extend
generosity past the giving season?
Where and how will Candace be celebrating Christmas this year?
She will be spending Christmas day with some of Winnipeg’s
Evan Kirby /
“Generosity is not only a
strategy for adding kindness
to the world. It’s a strategy
for transforming the world.”