This holiday season keep the story of Jesus’ birth first and substitute consumption with compassion by practicing four simple, but powerful, countercultural concepts:
November 16 Christmas marks the moment where God's promise was fulfilled and love took form, tiny fingers and all. It is a moment that deserves our full attention and praise. The level of our involvement at Christmas is based entirely on how much we are celebrating Christ's birth. He deserves celebration; one that is creative, bold and directs every heart His way.
November 23 Spending Less isn’t a call to stop giving gifts; it’s a call to stop spending money on gifts we won’t remember in less than a year. By spending wisely on gifts, we free ourselves from the anxiety associated with Christmas and can take in the season with a grateful heart.
November 23 We know what you’re thinking. “Wait, didn’t they just say I should spend less, and yet here they are telling me to give more?” The most powerful, memorable gift you can give to someone else is yourself. And nobody modeled this more than Jesus. The main point is simple: When it comes to spending time with others, it's all about quality and quantity.
November 30 It all boils down to love. Love from a savior. Love for your neighbor. By spending just a little less on gifts, we free up our resources to love as Jesus loves by giving to those who really need help.