This year, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales reached over $50 billion, with each shopper spending an average of $380 in-store and $160 online. At the same time, statistics indicate that most people in the U.S. — six out of seven — do not give away even 2% of their incomes. All of this in a world in which 13% of people do not have enough to eat. While I love to shop as much as the next person and I look forward to celebrating Christmas, I have to say that where we put our money greatly reveals what is important to us and what is not.
Why not do Christmas differently this year? Why not take the “Christmas Challenge” and give all or even part of what you plan to spend this year on travel, food, decorations, and gifts to change lives in Haiti? Or, if that isn’t really an option, why not choose to give less expensive or even homemade gifts this year–click here for a few nifty ideas–and then invest the money you saved into the Kingdom of God?
Christmas is a time of celebration. It is good to rejoice and spend time with our loved ones. It is fun to exchange gifts and bless others. In fact, I can’t wait to see the pictures of our first grandchild enjoying his first Christmas. There is no greater joy, however, than giving a gift that will truly endure. On Christmas Day, when you’re picking up wrapping paper and taking down the tree, wouldn’t you like the satisfaction of knowing you made a difference? Take the Christmas Challenge!