If you missed yesterday's post, today is the start of a special series of Christmas articles. Each writer was given a photo (Sister Natalie's is of a bell-ringer) and tasked with writing a spiritually minded article inspired by that image.
When I was young I collected my spare change in a giant purple Crayola crayon bank. Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters would get tossed in each week. Clink, clink, clink.
Soon, the bank would get heavier and heavier, the coins adding up (literally).
It seemed like such a small effort — dropping a penny or two into the bank. And yet, after a few months it made me a tiny fortune.
We may feel our efforts for the Lord are small, never amounting to much. But He wants us to think just the opposite.
Like the man outside the grocery ringing his bell for our spare change, our small effort, our smile, so is our God. He rings His bell each morning when we wake up and asks if we have anything to give Him. He doesn’t force us, but instead simply asks. And, when we do — when we drop that penny in, so to speak — He smiles and nods in thanksgiving.
This holiday season it’s important to remember that we don’t have to donate thousands of dollars or days upon days of our time. We merely have to do something small. Invite someone to your Christmas dinner who may not have family nearby to eat with. Send a holiday card to a brother or sister you haven’t seen in a long time. Fill a shoebox of necessities for troops overseas defending our country. Organize a cookie exchange with your friends. Anonymously donate to a charity of your choice — or perhaps consider a missionary effort.
Drop a penny in the red bucket and remember that every little bit adds up — soon you’ll have an abundance of blessings. Spare change may not seem significant to most, but our Lord will take any amount we are willing to give. If you give pennies now, try to give nickels. Feel like you’re giving dimes? Try to do just a little more and give a few quarters. He wants our contributions during this season of giving—but also beyond.
“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
Editor's Note: In this article, Sister Natalie gives us some great ideas for Christmas charity. What are some other simple ways that anyone can "give back" at Christmas? Post a comment with your idea.
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