How do we learn to be more generous? For our family, it has not been through having so much that we had extra to give away.
We learned to give by knowing what it is like to be in want.
Christmas is a season when we focus on giving. We were given the gift of Immanuel (God with us). We have received grace, forgiveness, and eternal life.
As Christians, we are commanded to be generous and compassionate to those around us.
Being generous is not just about giving money and things.
When we were far away from any family, people gave us time and friendship.
When we had requests, people gave prayer.
When Jay was deployed, people gave their services to fix my house, mow my yard, and take care of my children.
When we were hungry and poor, people gave us food to eat and clothes to wear.
All I want for Christmas this year
This Christmas will be a little different for the Bussinger family. We won’t have one. We will still go to all the normal activities (if we are still here)- but we won’t have a tree or decorations, we won’t have presents, and we won’t celebrate at home.
Since we are moving across the world in just a short time, and since we are in the process of getting rid of most of our stuff, we have decided to make this Christmas more about giving away than receiving.
I bought one family gift this week. We didn’t wrap it – in fact the girls are already using it. Our Wii is almost 6 years old and has some quirks, so we pre-ordered the Wii U system. With it I bought the game Scribblenauts Unlimited since that is our favorite game on the DS.
We picked it up yesterday.
It’s an expensive gift – I admit. We traded in several games and used shop rewards to make it a smarter purchase for us.
All the rest of our holiday purchases will be towards blessing others. Because we are coming from a place where we know what it feels like to be in need, we are all the more satisfied when we can meet the need of a friend, neighbor, or stranger.
He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor. -Proverbs 22:9
We have experienced the blessing this verse in Proverbs is speaking of.
It is not monetary gain, or smug pride. It is a satisfaction and agreement with the Spirit of God. It is growth in your faith that God can and will supply your every need. And it is realizing how little of our desires are actually essentials when we see our gift make a difference.
As December draws near and arrives, I will be sharing some of the ways that we are giving this year.
Stuffing your stockings
The bloggers at iHomeschool Network want to be generous with their readers as well this Christmas.
We have all pitched in to the fund to present the Christmas Stocking Stuffer – a giveaway of holiday proportions!
Two of you can win $250 in cash!
– that is enough to buy some curriculum or a nice gift for your family!
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