Giving Not Receiving

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Christmas is such a wonderful season of the year.  We are given so many gifts by so many of our friends and family. This is a wonderful way to show and receive love.  But this season is also a great chance to remember these important verses:

Jesus said to His disciples, “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.”  John 13:13-17

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a random for many.” Matthew 20:28

And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35 (NLT)

Christmas time is the perfect time to lay aside yourself and serve others. This year instead of giving each other Christmas gifts Nate, the kids and I are taking the opportunity to serve others in our community. The kids have gotten so excited about it and are looking forward to our different outings!

Caring For Widows

One of our favorite activities is to sing at a nursing home. I have the kids make homemade Christmas cards to hand out to the residents. The girls play their Christmas songs on the piano and they sing a couple songs with their daddy.  It is a great chance to brighten their day and be a blessing.  And you will never find a more appreciative crowd!

Serving the Poor

Last year we were able to go to a homeless shelter and help with their Christmas store. Our children helped other kids pick out presents for their parents. This was an amazing experience for our kids to see firsthand the needs of others.

Blessing our Neighbors

Every year we pick a couple of days to make Christmas goodies with the kids.  They love to bake! My kitchen gets destroyed, but we make lots of good memories. Then the kids help me put the goodies onto many different plates and we deliver them to neighbors, teachers and friends.

Here is a list of other ideas on how to make Christmas a time of serving instead of receiving:

  •         Sing Christmas carols in your neighborhood.
  •         Give your mail carrier a special treat
  •         Give your garbage man a hot drink
  •         Ring the bell for Salvation Army
  •         Adopt a family and provide gifts for them
  •         Serve a meal at your local homeless shelter
  •         Make Christmas cards for those in the hospital
  •         Take Christmas goodies to the Ronald McDonald House or a crisis pregnancy center
  •         Volunteer at your church’s Christmas outreach event or start one
  •         Have your kids make up a Christmas play and perform it at your family gatherings
  •         Have your kids make homemade Christmas gifts to give to family and friends
  •         Participate in Operation Christmas Child (this will have to be done in November)
  •         Be a secret Santa to a family in need at your church

These are just some of our ideas.  What ideas do you have?


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