The Santa Claus at the shopping mall was very surprised when Emily, a young lady aged about 20 years old walked up and sat on his lap. Now, we all know that Santa doesn’t usually take requests from adults, but she smiled very nicely at him, so he asked her, “What do you want for Christmas?”
‘”Something for my mother, please,” replied Emily sweetly.
“Something for your mother? Well, that’s very loving and thoughtful of you,” smiled Santa. “What do would you like me to bring her?”
Without turning a hair, Emily answered quickly, “A son-in-law.”
So … what’s on your Christmas list, Ladies?
I (Dawn) was watching one of the home shopping channels one night when I couldn’t sleep, and I couldn’t believe all the bling and clothes and gadgets that clever salespeople said we can’t live without! And I heard one woman say, “You’ll want one of these in every color!”
I think I can honestly say that Americans do everything in excess during Christmas, and it’s nothing new. I read that Americans used 28,497,464 rolls and sheets of wrapping paper, 16,826,362 packages of tags and bows, 372,430,684 greeting cards, and 35,200,000 Christmas trees during the 1989 Christmas season.*
Imagine what those numbers are today! And that doesn’t even count the money spent on gifts!
Gift-giving and receiving is fun, but we do need a measure of discipline and contentment. And we need to ask God for His wisdom and perspective.
When I asked God what HE wanted on my Christmas list, He spoke clearly that I need to think of third-world Christians. He put a specific gift on my heart that I plan to give through World Help, using their “Gifts of Hope” Catalog.
That’s what God spoke to me about … but ask God what He wants YOU to do this Christmas to help others; He may speak to you about a special ministry that desperately needs your help, or perhaps you know someone who needs a special touch from heaven through you. Pam, for example, is reaching out to a couple that is struggling right now ~ former Christian bookstore owners.
The needs are many and varied ~ prolife ministries, jail ministries, soup kitchens, Bibles for third-world pastors, orphans and widows ministries, youth shelters, military ministries, the need for wells and water in poor countries, suicide prevention ministries, humanitarian aid, and a partridge in a pear tree. (Sorry, got carried away there.)
So, how is God touching your heart to give this Christmas? Is there something you can do in a practical way that will help ministries share the Gospel?
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth,
whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine,
you did it for me.'” (Matthew 25:40).
When you give to the “least,” you give to the very Best (the Lord Himself).
Think about it, Girlfriends. How can you reject the “culture of excess” and bring hope to your hurting world? Every little bit counts.
** quoted in Signs of the Times, 12-1991, p. 7.