In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
Giving is hardwired into the Christian faith! God gave us his son Jesus as the atonement for our sins, Jesus gave years of his life to full time ministry to reach out to the lost, sick and hurting, then He gave His life on the cross. These examples of ultimate sacrifice set the tone for how we should live our lives as believers.
This Christmas our focus at FCS is on Spending Less - Giving More - Worshiping Fully - and Loving All.
By taking the focus off of getting stuff and spending a lot of money we are able to have meaningful connections with other people. Looking beyond our desires to the needs of others brings joy!
Below are some great ideas for ways to give more during this Christmas Season, to take the focus off of ourselves and turn Christmas upside down by turning it right side up!
-Volunteer your time in service of others on Christmas Day. Serve a meal at a homeless shelter or visit sick or elderly folks without families in hospitals or rest homes.
-Adopt a family that can't afford Christmas and take them a meal, presents and decorations to help brighten their holiday!
-Sing Christmas Carols at a rest home with residents.
-Give "donation gifts" instead of presents among your family members. Choose names Secret Santa style and then donate to a charity in honor of the name you have chosen. Make it something that is meaningful to that person. On Christmas, each person reveals who they donated for and gives a small token to that person as a reminder of the gift given in their honor. Get creative!
-Drop off a pie or baked goodies at a local fire station or police department to say thank you to those who are working and away from their families on Christmas Day.
-Donate blood to help save lives!
Comment below with ways that your family has given back during the Christmas Season! We'd love to hear about how you are touching our community!