Thanksgiving is over, and all across the United States, “Black Friday” is drawing to a close.
For some reason, this holiday season I am preferring to focus on the deeper meaning of the season of giving. I’ve been contemplating the whole concept of “gifts,” asking myself:
What is a gift? Why should we gift? When should we gift?
I am struggling to get in the festive “gift-giving” holiday spirit. It isn’t because I don’t like giving gifts – quite the contrary! I love giving gifts to family and friends.
Yet, I’m struggling because I am no longer interested in keeping up with the hustle and bustle of consumerism. I am no longer interested in “stuff,” which will undoubtedly clutter my house, or the house of the recipient.
Instead, I am being drawn into the concept of living intentionally – living with the thoughts on the true meaning of this Advent season, a liturgical period spent preparing our hearts and homes for the birth of Our Savior.
Instead of buying for the sake of buying, I am deciding to gift intentionally – only spending money on the gifts that I hope will bring warmth, cheer, and love to the recipient.
Instead of facing the throngs of people, and the sales that abound from now until the first of December, I am choosing to spend intentionally – only spending money on those gifts that I feel will be worth the money spent.
Because God has already given us the ultimate gift!
Without our asking, He has given us the gift of our lives – literally!
And, quite honestly, no gift I could give could ever be as awe-some as the one He has given us.
Will you join me this holiday season in preparing to live intentionally, gift intentionally, spend intentionally?