Watch the above video clip on how Jesus celebrated Christmas.
Everyone wants Christmas to be meaningful.
But, instead it becomes, shop, shop, shop, credit cards, traffic jams, todo lists, useless gifts,
then off to church, Noel, noel, noel,
Sometimes we are glad just to survive it
Did you know Americans spend 450 billion on Christmas every year.
So we ask? How did Jesus celebrate?
Jeus gave. He gave himself relationally, incarnation, time, space, presence,
presence…Did you see where this is going?
What if you brought fewer gifts,
that sweater she wont like, that random gift certificate,
that toy he doesn’t need, and then instead of buying that gift,
giveÂ somethingÂ valuable like your TIME.
talk, eat, sled, bake, bike, read…TOGETHER.
Make gifts (like when you were a kid)
and remember that money you didn’t spend for gifts,
what if you gave some of it away?
to the poor, the hurting, the lonely, the hungry, the sick, the thirsty.
Lack of clean water kills more people everyday than anything
And here’s the thing:
The estimated cost to make clean water available to everyone is 10 billion
10 billion solve world water problem, 450 billion spent on christmas
DO YOU SEE WHAT COULD HAPPEN?
In 2006, four churches gave $500,000 to build fresh water wells
In 2007, more churches said Let’s do this thing and 3 million was given.
Thats a lot of love…life all because people $pent
less on giftsÂ and more on relationships
Let’s face it
consumerism != happiness
consumerism != memories
consumerism != meaning
Spend less on gifts
Give more presence
Love like Jesus
It began with worship
It begins with worship
This is the season of advent
You are free to worship…live…breathe…give…laugh…celebrate…conspire
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