The Spirit of Christmas

Sometimes children teach us the most.

I was walking into Walmart today for a few last minute items and as I approached the door I saw two little girls with their dad. They were both placing coins into the Salvation Army bucket. As I passed by them I over heard one of the girls say to their dad, “I wish I had more money to give.” And their father replied, “Girls, I am so proud of you for giving what you have.”

What a great thing to experience just a few days before Christmas. These little girls demonstrated what Christmas is all about… giving.

It reminded me of the passage in Mark 12 about the widow’s offering. A woman who had very little gave all that she had. Jesus uses her example to teach the disciples that it is not how much we give, it is the spirit in which give.

And He sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And He called His disciples to Him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” – Mark 12:41-44

Jesus is teaching the disciples about the heart of giving. We don’t know her motivation for giving all that she had. It could have been out of a thankful heart to God, it could have been out of desperation. A plea to God, an act of surrender, sowing in faith knowing that she was at the end of her resources but that God could provide for her out of His infinite abundance.

Regardless, she gave. And not only did she give… she gave it all.

Sometimes it takes the heart of a child to remind us about faith. They trust their parents to provide just like we should trust God. They give what little they have out of a heart that isn’t polluted by the worries of the world. Some of the most compassionate people are children. This is why Jesus says He loves child-like faith. Look at what it can do and what it can accomplish. Faith is so powerful that placing it in Jesus will save your soul.

This Christmas may be a tough one for you and your family financially. You may be one of the many that due to a tough economy are pulling it off on a shoe-string budget. When money is tight it can be hard to give.

This is an encouragement to remember how much God has given us. Count your blessings. Focus on the good around you and focus on Christ. The joy you will find by dwelling on Him is far greater than the worries of this world.

And consider the heart of a child that gives with complete faith and trust that God will provide.

Sometimes it is children that teach us adults how to live and love.

Merry Christmas!


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