I love the idea of exploring ways to help us remember the meaning of the holidays we celebrate. Here are a few thoughts and i would love to hear your suggestions. These are not musts, but just things i am considering.
A speaker last year challenge the IWU student body to ask their family to give up one present and give it to a charity instead for Christmas.
I was wondering about possibly trying to make it a tradition in the future to try and go somewhere and give a present away on Christmas day, if not the week of Christmas.
What i was thinking would be REALLY AWESOME...
but really intense and hard, to actually choose one of your presents still wrapped under the tree and to give it away to a charity freely. That wuold be hard because it would be so tempting to want that gift or to want to go and buy another one or to even be possessive a gift that you gave away. As humans, me especially, i feel like we are so attached to stuff when it comes down to it. Could you imagine each year, maybe not with kids but as you go older, each year, being able to come to a point where you give away one of the gifts intended for you to someone else with no strings attached and no remorse knowing that it was an offering going to a greater cause and probably a gift that no matter how bad you wanted it, you most likely didn't NEED it. Just some food for thought.
"But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Last, someone just posted the idea of a family that kept a bag for each family member with rocks in it for Thanksgiving. Every year they would each write on a rock something God had done for them that they were thankful for that year, and every year they would take out one rock and remember that thing. I like the idea A LOT!
Just some thoughts