Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Generous Living

Christmas is an interesting time. I personally don't like it too much. I'm not really sure why. I think it's a combination of things... The commercialism, the over-doing of everything Christmas and the lack of friendliness wherever you go. Christmas this year has been different for me. Usually I can rhyme off a long list of things I want, but this year I'm struggling. I don't really want anything for Christmas. I have everything a guy could possibly want. In fact this year I feel somewhat guilty for getting anything at all. There are so many people that go without at Christmas time. From the homeless, to the single Mom trying to raise a family, to the family that is dealing with the loss of a loved one. I've got it pretty good.

I read somewhere that worldwide we spend $450 Billion at Christmas. That seems like a lot of money, especially considering what that money could buy. How much would a clean well in Africa cost? Probably not nearly that much. How much would it cost to house the homeless in our community? All the houses in Newmarket probably don't add up to that much.

I'm not saying you shouldn't buy presents this year, I'm just wondering if we could spend a little bit of our Christmas money on people who aren't as well off as we are. Tomorrow you have a chance to buy from the World Vision Christmas Gift Catalogue. You have the opportunity to buy a goat or a pig for a village overseas. You have the chance to bless someone else during this Christmas season. Please consider it.